- The letter does not carry the force of law but the message was clear: Fall in line or face loss of federal funding
- LGBT groups praised the announcement
(CNN)The Obama administration issued guidance Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
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.