May 202016
 
 May 20, 2016  Court, Youth & Schools

Cristian Farias writes:

A number of lawsuits are now underway in North Carolina over its enforcement of HB2, the controversial law that, among other provisions, bars transgender students from using restrooms that align with their gender identity.

The main two are the federal government’s action against North Carolina and the state’s own pushback against the Justice Department for “overreach” — each raising differing interpretations of whether federal civil rights law should be read to protect trans students.

But a third legal challenge, filed by North Carolinians for Privacy, a group of students and parents who support the law, has flown under the radar — perhaps because the parties involved aren’t nearly as prominent as Attorney General Loretta Lynch or North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R).

Their stake in the controversy shouldn’t be ignored, if only because they invoke the constitutional right to privacy — a fundamental right that for more than half a century has been widely recognized as a liberal landmark. Except this coalition of students and parents isn’t exactly liberal.

Read more on HuffPost.

See also Scott Greenfield’s comments on the issue over on Simple Justice.

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