- GOP lawmaker Paul Stam: This law is about protecting privacy, not discrimination
- Transgender advocate Candis Cox: This is no different than the South's Jim Crow laws
(CNN)Paul Stam and Candis Cox are on opposite sides of the debate over a controversial new transgender law that's turning national attention toward North Carolina.
About whether it's discriminatory...
About the special session legislators called to pass it...
Name: Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act
When it passed: March 23
Who voted for it: The bill passed the state House 82-26 and the state Senate 32-0, with Senate Democrats walking out and not voting in protest.
What it does: The new law puts in place a statewide policy that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. It also stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people.
What happens next: A federal lawsuit has been filed over the measure. The state's attorney general says he won't defend it in court. But in the court of public opinion, Gov. Pat McCrory and other supporters of the measure have staunchly stood behind it, saying it's about protecting privacy.