House Dems file bill to expand nondiscrimination protections

Posted May 10

House Bill 2 (HB2)

— The latest effort to roll back House Bill 2 was filed Tuesday in the state House.

House Bill 1078, dubbed the Equality for All Act, would include sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of personal attributes that are protected against discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, education, insurance and lending in the state.

House Bill 2, which was adopted in a one-day emergency session in March, excluded sexual orientation and gender identity from protections and barred cities or counties from adding them to local ordinances.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state on Monday, alleging that House Bill 2 violates the civil rights of transgender workers and students, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch labeled it "state-sponsored discrimination."

Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders have argued that the Justice Department is trying to rewrite laws by including gender identity as a protected status, and they have filed court actions seeking a judicial ruling that would support House Bill 2.

"We have always known, and come to understand even more urgently during the HB2 debate, the incredible need for non-discrimination protections for LGBT and other North Carolinians,” Rep. Chris Sgro, D-Guilford, said in a statement. "This bill, along with the repeal of HB2, is the important next step that this General Assembly, and Governor McCrory must take in order to make North Carolina a true state of equality and help heal our national reputation."

Sgro, who also heads LGBT advocacy group Equality NC, is one of four sponsors of the bill. The others are Reps. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, and Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg.

Four other House Democrats filed a bill two weeks ago that would repeal House Bill 2.

House Bill 1078 also would add military or veteran status to the list of protected attributes. House Bill 2 didn't include that either because the authors said doing so could create a loophole that would allow discrimination.


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  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 12:51 p.m.
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    By the way, how many people out there identify as THE anti-satan? More than one? Or is it just you?

  • Mark Cahall May 11, 12:44 p.m.
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    My loyal subjects, Your King now requires that you provide him a royal litter box for a friend who thinks she's the royal cat,

    and to begin construction of a guest castle for another friend who thinks he's Napoleon.

    Carry on, and do not tarry in service to your King.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 12:38 p.m.
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    Mark! How's it goin, man? How goes the battles against the evil forces of satan?
    That's what you identify as, right? The anti-satan? You've said that a bunch of times, I assume you still do.

  • Mark Cahall May 11, 11:55 a.m.
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    This bill doesn't address discrimination against my personal special class, people who identify as royalty.

    If a man who thinks he's a woman deserves being treated the same as a woman, then people who think they're royalty deserve to be treated the same as royalty.

    I hereby declare that I think I'm the King of North Carolina, and I demand protection under the law to enjoy the full scope of rights due to a King.

    I will define my due rights soon, and expect full compliance from my subjects, the People of North Carolina.

    You may carry on until I summon your attention again.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 11, 10:33 a.m.
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  • Paul Hayeze May 11, 10:12 a.m.
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    Ronald & Demute: Remember before June 26, 2015? The battle cry then was "If gay marriage is ruled legal, then what? People will be demanding that they are entitled to marry their pets, plants, cars, etc. How has that worked out? As a matter of fact when was the last time you even heard the issue of gay marriage being raised in in this presidential race? (The “Gay Marriage Boogieman” myth has been dispelled, so now it is on the “Predators in Bathroom Boogieman”)

  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 9:57 a.m.
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    There is very strong evidence of the biological origins of transgender identities, actually. From Chung and Auger, European Journal of Physiology, 2013:

    Gender-dependent differentiation of the brain has been detected at every level of organization — morphological, neurochemical, and functional — and has been shown to be primarily controlled by sex differences in gonaadal steroid hormone levels during perinatal development.

    From Swaab and Bao, Neuroscience in the 21st Century, 2013:

    Gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender), sexual orientation (hetero-, homosexual-, or bisexuality) ... are programmed into our brain during early development. There is no proof that postnatal social environment has any crucial effect on gender identity or sexual orientation.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 9:51 a.m.
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    It is extremely unlikely that a predator would subvert a TG Bathroom Ordinance. There is a better chance of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery, than a predator subverting a TGBO.

    Besides- perverts will gain access to bathrooms regardless of what laws are in place.

    I hope supporters of HB2 realize they are actually supporting discrimination.

  • Ronald Woodard May 11, 9:29 a.m.
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    What about the possible discrimination and danger to young girls who may have to share a public bathroom with a biological adult male who may or may not be transgender or a sexual predator? The opposition to HB 2 is really about the LGBTQ agenda......

  • Demute Sainte May 11, 9:06 a.m.
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    Kinda interesting this bill was introduced by an appointed Democrat that just happens to also be the President of Equality NC. (A gay advocacy group). Just think how folks would howl if the Republicans appointed say.... the President of Duke Power to a congressional position. No conflict of interest here... LOL!

    For better or worse, this bill hasnt got a chance of passing.

    When the law of our land begins to recognize a persons "belief" they are something that scientific fact can prove otherwise.... I'm going to claim to be a 75 year old and DEMAND the govt begin paying my Social Security benefits immediately, based solely on my age identity. And that my benefit must reflect my working well past my age identity of 65. After all... if no fact or science is necessary... I want the maximum benefits.