If a North Carolina company refuses to serve LGBTQ patrons, state law is almost unreliable.

Creating a social media fire may be the most effective action LGBTQ people can take when faced with discrimination in public facilities in some parts of North Carolina, given existing legislation. not.

That’s what McKay Henderson and his finances, Ike Edwards, did last week after the owner of Hooky Valina’s High Grove Estate said. He did not host a couple’s same-sex wedding..

North Carolina law

North Carolina state law does not protect sexually oriented people from discrimination in public facilities such as education, employment, housing, credit, or corporate services.

Defenders of LGBTQ people say they regularly hear from people who are told they can’t have work, apartments, or space in emergency shelters because of their sexual orientation or sexual identity.

Alison Scott, a transgender woman who is the director of impact and innovation based in Asheville Campaign for Southern Equality, Said that the reasons stated may be different, but are often related to the religious beliefs of the employer or employer.

Local anti-discrimination ordinance

Until December 2020, state law was illegal for state municipalities to create new ordinances prohibiting discrimination in private employment or public facilities. Since the ban expired, Chapel Hill, Carbolo, Durham, Greensboro, Hillsboro and Orange County have passed anti-discrimination ordinances.

Anyone who feels discriminated against in violation of such a ban may file a complaint through the local jurisdiction.

Masterpiece cake shop case

Through the office of Attorney General Josh Stein, the North Carolina Department of Justice has claimed in the US Supreme Court that federal civil rights law protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. The state is one of 19 states, the District of Columbia, which participated in a court friend’s briefs in a case where the Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to bake a cake for same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court ruled that members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission expressed hostility to religion in comments on the case and supported the bakery without addressing the issue of discrimination.

Proceedings in federal court

LGBTQ people can file proceedings in federal court if protected from discrimination under federal law, but supporters say that such proceedings are costly, withdrawn, and in Masterpiece Cakeshop’s proceedings. People who protect non-discrimination laws and freedom of speech and free exercise of religions.

Advocacy group

With a campaign for Southern equality Equality north CarolinaRaleigh-based LGBtQ advocates may be able to help find alternative resources for LGBTQ people in the face of discrimination.