North Carolina Law on Transgender Rights Draws Fire From Corporations

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The ACLU is suing North Carolina over this law affecting transgender people, and some companies threaten to avoid the state for future events.

A number of large corporations have weighed in against recently approved legislation in North Carolina that requires transgendered persons to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex indicated on their birth certificate.

The law, House Bill 2, was signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory on March 23, the same day it was approved by the Legislature. Additionally, the law repeals any anti-discrimination measures covering sexual orientation or gender identity that local governments may have enacted.

Supporters of the law say it prevents men from going into women’s locker rooms or bathrooms by falsely declaring themselves a transgendered person. Opponents say it writes discrimination into state law.

The law also prevents Charlotte or any other municipality from adding new anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians or transgender individuals, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Tech firms such as Google, PayPal, Apple and Facebook blasted the legislation, calling it misguided and wrong.

American Airlines and ESPN also voiced opposition to the law, with ESPN saying it will take it into consideration when deciding where to hold events such as its summer X Games in the future.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the law in federal court on Monday.

Georgia also has been getting negative attention from corporate America for a law which would have allowed the denial of services to gay people if the service provider cited religious grounds. The Georgia “religious liberty” law, however, was vetoed Monday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

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