RALEIGH – Several groups, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina, are planning legal action against NC House Bill 2, according to a press release from the ACLU of North Carolina.
“The ACLU, Lambda Legal and Equality NC are reviewing all options, including litigation,” Legal Director Chris Brook of the ACLU of North Carolina said in the release.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law March 23. The law prevents city governments from establishing non-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBT citizens and mandates which bathrooms North Carolinians can use.
The bill was introduced during a special session of the NC General Assembly in response to a Charlotte ordinance that protected LGBT citizens in public accommodations.
“We expect the ACLU’s and Lambda Legal’s Help Desks will light up with calls from those who suffer discrimination imposed by this law and we stand ready to help,” Lambda Legal Senior Attorney Tara Borelli said in the release.
“(HB2) aims to override local school board policies, local public accommodations laws, and more,” Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC, said in the release.
Several businesses, such as Dow Chemical and Microsoft, have denounced the new law.
According to the release, nearly 200 cities have adopted ordinances similar to Charlotte’s.