Monthly Archives: April 2016
To be ignored
A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday in a Virginia case is casting doubt on the legality of one part of North Carolina’s controversial new law: requiring students to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate.Federal appeals courts are like the Supreme Court for a region, at least until the actual Supreme Court steps in. North Carolina and Virginia fall under the same one.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school is discriminatory, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.Gov. Pat McCrory addresses federal court ruling on Tuesday, April 19. (WNCN)Gov. Pat McCroryIn a case closely watched by public schools and transgender-rights activists across the country, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the Gloucester County School Board’s policy. A federal judge had previously rejected Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm’s sex discrimination claim.
North Carolina’s controversial anti-LGBT law has so far cost the city of Raleigh $3m, according to the agency that promotes tourism in the area.The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau told local media on Monday that the economic losses from the law have quadrupled in the past week. The visitors’ bureau said $2.4m in lost business has been reported last week, up from $732,000 a week before. By Monday, the total losses had equaled about $3.1m.
Up until now, authors and entertainers have been showing their disapproval of North Carolina’s “bathroom law,” called HB2, by canceling events in the state. For local business owners, especially booksellers, it’s been a tough pill to swallow. Now, in an effort to show that NC businesses need not suffer in order for public figures to show their opposition the law, bestselling author Sara Gruen has mounted a “Kill the Bill” event with local bookseller Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe.The event grew out of Sherman Alexie’s decision to cancel his upcoming speaking engagement at Malaprop’s in Asheville, N.C., because of his opposition to HB2. Gruen, who is based in Asheville, decided to step in and fill the void.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, in a split vote, has condemned North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and a Mississippi “religious objections” law, saying they are part of a trend toward using religious beliefs to deny people their rights.The commission noted that Virginia and Georgia passed similar laws that were vetoed by governors in the face of public opposition. Similar legislation in Kansas and Tennessee indicates there is a movement afoot, the commission said Monday.
Duke University released its second statement Monday denouncing HB2, a controversial North Carolina law that restricts transgender citizens’ bathroom access and prevents local governments from passing antidiscrimination bills that would offer protections to gay and lesbian people. Duke was among the first of a handful of private North Carolina universities, which are exempt from the new rules, to denounce HB2 as discriminatory.
DurhamThe Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors released a statement Monday opposing House Bill 2“The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce stands with the many companies, communities and individuals in opposing HB2 and all legislation which discriminates against men, women, governments and private companies living in, traveling to and doing business in North Carolina,” said Geoff Durham, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.