RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Several civil rights groups hit North Carolina’s most powerful politicians with a federal lawsuit.
Friday morning, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal filed a challenge to House Bill 142, which repealed House Bill 2, commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill.”
The case names Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, Speaker Tim Moore (R), and Senate President Phil Berger (R) as defendants in the case, along with several other top North Carolina officials.
Representatives of the advocacy groups tell CBS North Carolina’s Beairshelle Edmé they plan to fight until the end, and though they say the journey has been long they do feel they’ve made gains.
“One of the things that’s been a sort of silver lining of this exceptionally painful process is people getting to hear from Joaquin (Carcaño), Maddy (Goss) and the other plaintiffs that we represent and just saying, ‘Listen I’m a North Carolinian. I simply want to go about my job, take care of my family and sometimes go and visit my family on the roads here in North Carolina,” explained Chris Brooks, legal director of ACLU North Carolina.
A transgender plaintiff believes the current law leaves the LGBT community vulnerable to discrimination.
“Anytime you are in these buildings or need to use a restroom, you’re wondering whose watching you,” said Joaquin Carcaño, a UNC Chapel Hill employee. “It’s definitely this hyper-vigilance, this fear, this anxiety that you’re carrying with you because you feel like you have to be on guard.”
Carcaño is one of ix North Carolinians fighting to strike down HB142.