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The price of discrimination: In North Carolina, it's in the billions

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EXCEPT MAYBE IN ARKANSAS: A pending bill with criminal penalties is aimed at discouraging restroom use by transgender people.
  • EXCEPT MAYBE IN ARKANSAS: A pending bill with criminal penalties is aimed at discouraging restroom use by transgender people.
An Associated Press report puts the economic damage to North Carolina from its laws discriminating against LGBT people at more than $3.76 billion over a dozen years.

Note that Arkansas law is almost as discriminatory as that in North Carolina — with exemptions of LGBT people from the state civil rights law; with a law that allows discrimination by any who claim a religious pretext, and with a law that prevents local ordinances to protect LGBT people (recently enforced against Fayetteville by the Arkansas Supreme Court.) All that's lacking is a law specifically barring restroom use by transgender people seeking facilities that match their identity. But at least two efforts are pending in the legislature this week — one by Sen. Linda Collins-Smith to specifically mirror the North Carolina law and another bill by Rep. Bob Ballinger aimed at the same outcome, masquerading as a bill to toughen the existing indecent exposure law. It is designed to discourage by threat of prosecution use of facilities by those with a different birth gender.


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