The interim executive director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has reportedly left her position because of the organization's monolithic support of transgender bathroom rights at the potential expense of women's rights.
Maya Dillard Smith cited an incident involving her family as motivating her to step down.
A self-described progressive, Dillard Smith indicated that she has become "philosophically unaligned" with the ACLU in the context of the national group's role as a co-plaintiff in a high-visibility transgender rights lawsuit against North Carolina.
She moved from California to Georgia about a year ago to take the ACLU job in Atlanta.
North Carolina passed a bill known as HB2 that requires individuals to use the restroom in state-operated facilities that corresponds to the gender set forth in their birth certificate. The ACLU has gone to court to try to overturn the law, which has ignited a nationwide controversy and calls for a boycott of that state.
"The liberal legal group's opposition to the bill – which otherwise leaves restroom policies up to business owners – proved the ACLU holds a legal philosophy Dillard Smith says she can no longer support," LifeSite News claimed.
According to Dillard Smith, the ACLU picks and chooses which progressive causes to champion, in part based on who is picking up the tab for the lobbying or litigation.