Bathroom bill back in the spotlight
(NBC News) Debate over North Carolina’s so-called "bathroom bill" is heating up as state lawmakers return to work.
Protesters greeted returning lawmakers with chants and petitions bearing more than 180,000 signatures calling for house bill two, the state’s bathroom law, to be overturned.
"It’s a cynical attempt to pit supposedly Christian values against our families’ best interests and our faith’s highest morality," said North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber.
Republican lawmakers passed the bill in a special session last month.
It forces transgendered people to use bathrooms for the sex listed on their birth certificates and prevents cities from passing their own minority protection laws.
Many major corporations have blasted the law, and vowed to cut back on business conducted in the state.
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