September 8, 2017-
The plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit over House Bill 2 on Thursday filed a fifth amended complaint targeting the new law that repealed much of the state’s divisive transgender restroom law. The plaintiffs are four LGBT North Carolinian’s and members of the ACLU of North Carolina. The complaint is the first legal update since May 1. The plaintiffs said they are asserting federal constitutional and statutory claims against House Bill 142, a bipartisan bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, on March 30.
They want the state permanently enjoined from enforcing HB142 restrictions, as well as $1 each in damages plus legal costs. “LGBT individuals throughout North Carolina are exposed to invidious discrimination in their day-to-day lives simply for being themselves, and are denied protection against discrimination under state law,” according to the amended complaint. Cooper has taken former Gov. Pat McCrory’s place as a lead defendant, along with several secretaries in Cooper’s cabinet, the University of North Carolina system and UNC President Margaret Spellings. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) have intervened in the case.