New York Files Brief Against North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Bill

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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The governor and attorney general of New York announced Thursday that New York, along with other states, filed an amicus brief to challenge North Carolina’s transgender bathroom bill.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman are heading the group of 10 states, reports News 10.

North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” referred to as HB2, prevents transgenders from using the bathroom according to their “gender identity.” They must use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex.

“The kind of divisiveness and discrimination encouraged by this law directly undermine the core values of this nation. Just as in New York, this country’s strength is found in our diversity and inclusiveness. At a time when so many are seeking to create rifts that separate Americans from one another, it is our responsibility to fight back and do all we can to bring this nation closer together,” Cuomo said.

The briefs are meant to support the Obama administration’s lawsuit against North Carolina. The administration’s lawsuit claimsHB2 could potentially break three anti-discrimination laws.

New York and the group filed in support of the administration’s lawsuit. They argue North Carolina’s laws are unnecessary and could maybe transgender people.

Schneiderman said transgender people should not have to face that type of discrimination.

“New York knows firsthand that forcing transgender students and workers to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identities is unnecessary, unworkable, and undermines the core American ideal of equal justice under law,” he declared.

Back in March, Cuomo prevented all non-essential state travel to North Carolina by issuing an executive order. Schneiderman also banned the attorney general’s office from non-essential state travel to the state.

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