NCarolina, us govt face off over ‘bathroom’ law


WASHINGTON D.C.: North Carolina’s governor and the US federal government on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) upped the ante in a battle over the rights of transgender Americans, filing dueling lawsuits over a state law restricting their use of public restrooms. The showdown comes amid a wider debate on equal rights in the United States, where a flurry of initiatives have targeted the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities since a historic Supreme Court decision last year legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The North Carolina law passed on March 23 — requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate — has triggered a national outcry. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who calls North Carolina her home state, denounced the law as “state-sponsored discrimination” and compared it to racial segregation laws and bans on same-sex marriage.



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