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NC Democrats introduce anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:10

In reaction to North Carolina's controversial new 'bathroom law', Democratic lawmakers introduce a bill that would extend to transgender people many of the same civil rights protections available to groups like blacks and religious minorities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A group of Democratic North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (May 11) explained the "Equality For All Act" that was introduced to the state legislature the day before as the "most comprehensive" anti-discrimination legislation ever introduced in the state. The bill would repeal a recently passed state law, which requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. The bill would also extend certain protections to transgender people that are currenlty available to groups such as blacks and religious minorities. The North Carolina law is the subject of four lawsuits in federal court, two on each side. The U.S. Justice Department and an advocacy group, the American Civil Liberties Union, have each sought to strike it down, saying the law violates the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which jolted a divided nation into applying full rights to African-Americans a century after the abolition of slavery. North Carolina's governor and legislature both sued on Monday to protect their law, saying the Justice Department was trying to strike down a "common sense privacy policy" meant to protect the state's public employees. State officials also said if the Obama administration wants protections for transgender people, it should appeal to Congress to amend existing laws.

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NC Democrats introduce anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 01:10