NC Governor Fights to End Bathroom Dispute

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (D) on Wednesday submitted a consent decree with the plaintiffs to the U.S. District Court in Greensboro that seeks to end a legal dispute over bathroom access for transgender individuals, according to a press release.

Earlier this year, Cooper signed a law (HB 142) to repeal the controversial HB2 signed by his Republican predecessor that set off a firestorm of protest. The consent decree states that under HB142, "transgender people are not prevented from the use of public facilities in accordance with their gender identity."

Gov. Cooper also signed an order to promote diversity and prohibit discrimination in government agencies and government contracts in an effort to make North Carolina a "welcoming place to all." The order prohibits discrimination in his administration on the grounds of race, color, ethnicity, sex, National Guard or veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression in employment, and it also requires those doing business with the state to do the same.

A judge still must sign the consent decree for it to be final, Politico Morning Ed reported. "For too many reasons, it is not in our state's best interest to remain in drawn-out court battles that still linger because of HB2," Cooper said. "As a state, we need to work together to make North Carolina more welcoming, and I am pleased that we could come together with the other party in this case to show that we agree."


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