On Wednesday North Carolina’s lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory rushed into a law a bill which blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to protect gay and trans populations. The law overturns a measure passed by the city of Charlotte just last month protecting gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender folks from being discriminated by businesses.
In a remarkable feat of anti-lgbt malevolence, the bill was introduced passed and signed into law in just 12 hours. The law covers protections against race, religion, color, national origin and biological sex — but not sexual orientation or gender identity.
A main point of controversy with the law is that it makes it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity in all government-owned facilities including schools, universities, airports, courthouses, parks and more.