Groups seek immediate halt to law restricting transgender bathroom choice

Several groups supporting the rights of transgender people filed a motion on Monday asking a U.S. court to block North Carolina from enforcing a law that mandates bathroom access according to birth sex while the measure is being challenged.


The preliminary injunction was being sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal, a national advocacy group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

“H.B. 2 is causing ongoing and serious harm to transgender people in North Carolina and must be put on hold while it is reviewed by the court,” Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement referring to the law, which was enacted in March.

The law, which has resulted in boycotts of the state by businesses, conventions and entertainers, is already the subject of a number of lawsuits.

The national and state ACLU, along with Lambda Legal, previously sued North Carolina to challenge the law, which bans transgender people from using public restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department and North Carolina lawmakers also sued each other over the state measure, which federal lawyers said violates U.S. civil rights laws.