- Nearly 200 bills were proposed in legislatures in 2016 that could lead to discrimination, according to the ACLU
- Controversial laws have been enacted in Kansas as well as North Carolina and Mississippi
- Proponents of measures in Tennessee and Georgia say their measures would serve to protect religious rights
- South Carolina senator introduces bill that mirrors N.C.'s bathroom bill
(CNN)A battle is shaping up across the country over various pieces of legislation that proponents argue protects religious beliefs while others argue are tools to discriminate.
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.