On Friday activists were enraged to find the General Assembly of North Carolina have adjourned without many amendments to HB2, or the ‘bathroom bill’.
The infamous bill diminishes workplace protections for LGBT people. It also insists transgender people use the bathroom according with their birth certificate gender, hence the nickname ‘bathroom bill’.
On Friday it was announced the bill would not be especially amended.
Workers may still use state law to sue employers over discrimination. However, the General Assembley adjourned without incorporating new protections for LBGTI employees – as hoped for by activists – or revising the bill.
‘This was the lowest of the low hanging fruit. It does nothing to fix the core discrimination in that law,’ Assembley representative Grier Martin said.
The revision will now go to governor Pat McCrory, who passed the initial bill. He previously called the bill an act of ‘common sense’.
However, the bill has been highly controversial, both statewide and nationally.
The federal government threatened to sue North Carolina. In response, Pat McCrory filed a counter lawsuit.
Recently, it has been revealed McCrory’s office have taken $500,000 (€449,000) out of a disaster relief fund to help fund the court battle – even as cases of the Zika virus are on the rise in North Carolina.
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