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A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction halting the implementation of a Tennessee law requiring businesses and government facilities in the state to post a sign informing the public if they will allow transgender people to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Judge Aleta A. Trauger for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee said in her ruling that the plaintiffs were “likely to succeed on their challenge” to the law based on the argument that “the First Amendment typically does not permit such a mandate unless it is narrowly tailored to satisfy a compelling government purpose.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The ACLU filed the lawsuit two weeks ago on behalf of the owners of a performing arts and community center, a restaurant and other businesses in the state. The civil rights organization said that each of the businesses have “trans-inclusive restroom practices.”
In May, Gov. Bill Lee signed a law requiring public restrooms to display a sign that said, “This facility maintains a policy of allowing the use of restrooms by either biological sex, regardless of the designation on the restroom.”
The plaintiffs were worried that “the warning notice will make transgender and intersex people… feel that their presence is viewed as alarming, and that they will be offended by the term ‘biological sex’ because of the political controversy and anti-transgender animus surrounding that phrase.”
Trauger argued that the plaintiffs “have presented evidence that they have strived to be welcoming spaces for communities that include transgender individuals and that the signage required by the Act would disrupt the welcoming environments that they wish to provide.”
“Restaurants and performing spaces are businesses, but that is not all they are; they are also among the most important physical locations in which communities—so often consigned, in this era, to electronic space—can gather and grow together in a manner rooted in a particular neighborhood, in a particular city, in a particular state,” the judge added.
Nashville Scene tweeted Friday, “The preliminary injunction came down from U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger Friday afternoon, two weeks after the the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of two Tennessee business owners.”
The preliminary injunction came down from U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger Friday afternoon, two weeks after the the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of two Tennessee business owners. https://t.co/ns98Hj4qqC
— Nashville Scene (@NashvilleScene) July 9, 2021
ACKU tweeted, “BREAKING: A federal court has blocked Tennessee’s anti-trans restroom law from going into effect. Our clients, two Tennessee business owners with trans-inclusive restroom practices, challenged the law that would have forced them to post a government-prescribed warning sign.”
BREAKING: A federal court has blocked Tennessee’s anti-trans restroom law from going into effect.
Our clients, two Tennessee business owners with trans-inclusive restroom practices, challenged the law that would have forced them to post a government-prescribed warning sign.
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 9, 2021
JUST IN: A judge has blocked Tennessee’s anti-transgender bathroom law after a Nashville restaurant owner filed a lawsuit claiming it violated the First Amendment https://t.co/R1D2kCDO4x
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) July 9, 2021
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