North Carolina Law Quashes Transgender Bathroom Rights
The legislation overturns a local regulation that would have allowed transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.
North Carolina's governor on Wednesday signed into law a measure that blocks local governments in the state from enacting ordinances to allow transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their gender identities. The law also bars local governments from passing "living wage" regulations in a state where the minimum wage is just US$7.25 an hour.
The legislation came in response to a provision approved last month in Charlotte, the state's largest city, as part of an expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that added protections for marital and familial status, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.
The law signed Wednesday overturns that ordinance and makes it illegal for somone to use a public bathroom and locker room that does not correspond to their biological sex.
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