H.B. 2796 (USA)

On June 7 Texas Rep. Pete Olson (R) introduced the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 (H.R. 2796), a bill that seeks to “ensure that gender identity is not treated as a protected class in Federal Law or Policy without the approval of Congress.”

According to Olson, whose bill challenges redefinition of “sex” to include “gender identity” as proposed by the Obama administration with regard to the Civil Rights Act, “The Founding Fathers never intended unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies to make sweeping changes to the definition of gender,” Olson said in a statement. “While we have a new president in office, we must restore the voice of the people given to them by our Constitution and put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”

Read the full bill text here:  H.R. 2796, Civil Rights Uniformity Act

Pete Olson bill aims at Obama protections on ‘gender identity’ — Chron

House Members Act to Restore Congressional Authority on Transgender Definition — olson.house.gov

Pat McCrory @PatMcCroryNC & HB 2 (USA)

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order clarifying his reasons for signing HB2 and responding to “people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue.”  The order seeks to “affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” by with the following mandates:

“First, it maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and in our schools, and when possible, encourages reasonable accommodations for families and those who have unique or special circumstances.

Second, the private sector can make its own policy with regard to restrooms, locker rooms and/or shower facilities. This is not a government decision. This is your decision in the private sector.

Third, I have affirmed the private sector and local government’s right to establish its own non-discrimination employment policies.

And fourth, as governor, I have expanded our state equal employment opportunity policy to clarify that sexual orientation and gender identity are included.

And fifth, I will immediately seek legislation in the upcoming short session to reinstate the right to sue for discrimination in North Carolina state courts.”

Kokomo, Indiana (USA)

The Kokomo, IN city council passed a nondiscrimination bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s existing human rights ordinance.  Despite opposition from women citing safety concerns, the council passed the measure by a 5-4 vote.

Breaking_ Kokomo, Indiana Passes LGBT Protections Ordinance Despite Religious Right Objections – The New Civil Rights Movement

North Carolina & Pat McCrory @PatMcCroryNC (USA)

Impact of North CarolinaThe North Carolina State Assembly approved a bill, House Bill 2, that overturns Charlotte, NC’s expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance, specifically, the controversial provision that allows individuals access to the sex-segregated facilities they identify with, rather than the facility intended for an individual of their sex class. Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill, stating, “This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room…While local municipalities have important priorities working to oversee police, fire, water and sewer, zoning, roads, and transit, the mayor and city council took action far out of its core responsibilities. As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette…It is now time for the city of Charlotte elected officials and state elected officials to get back to working on the issues most important to our citizens.”  Following the announcement of McCrory’s signing of this bill, the ACLU of North Carolina issued a Tweet in which they state they are “considering legal challenge.”

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NC legislature debating LGBT non-discrimination ordinance _ WCNC