WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A federal judge will hear pending motions on Monday, June 25, in the lawsuit challenging House Bill 142, the law that replaced North Carolina’s notorious anti-LGBT law, House Bill 2, but kept many of its most harmful measures intact.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal are representing six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina in the case.

Before the hearings, attorneys and their plaintiffs will attend a press conference outside the U.S. District Court at 251 N. Main St. The conference is set for 10 a.m.
WHAT: Federal court hearing on pending motions in Carcaño, et al. v. Cooper, et al., a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina law that replaced House Bill 2 but left many of its most harmful provisions intact

HB 142 prohibits regulation of restrooms and other facilities in government buildings, including schools, creating widespread uncertainty across the state and effectively barring transgender people from using restrooms in government buildings. It also prevents cities from passing any prohibitions on employment discrimination or discrimination by places of public accommodation until December 2020.

Attorneys for officials from the North Carolina General Assembly and the University of North Carolina have filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit.

Under a proposed consent decree jointly submitted last year by Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, the ACLU, and Lambda Legal, transgender people in North Carolina would not be barred from using public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity in executive branch buildings under HB 142. That proposed consent decree is not expected to be heard by the judge at this time.

In 2016, the ACLU and Lambda Legal challenged House Bill 2, which removed local legal protections for LGBT people and prohibited transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity. Later that year, the court granted a preliminary injunction to stop the University of North Carolina from enforcing the law against three transgender plaintiffs in the case.

The lawsuit was amended to challenge provisions of H.B. 142 when the replacement law was passed in 2017.

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— Compiled via news release

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.