North Carolina’s Bathroom Privacy and Safety bill will take a big step in its long legal journey on November 14. A federal court in North Carolina has scheduled a hearing on that date to address one of the many lawsuits relating to the common sense House Bill 2. On August 1, prior to this full hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will consider a motion for a preliminary injunction that could block the bathroom provision of House Bill 2 from being enforced while the trial takes place.
Both the preliminary injunction action and the lawsuit mentioned above are separate from the legal actions filed by legislative leaders, the governor, a group of public school students and parents, and the Department of Justice. While the legal challenges in these cases are focused on the legal definition of the word “sex,” the lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Lambda Legal that will be argued on November 14 is a much broader challenge to House Bill 2. It not only challenges the “bathroom” provision, but also the provision that prevents localities from adopting non-discrimination policies that are not uniform with state law.