North Carolina leaders are furious that Obama’s Justice Department has been fighting back against their transgender bathroom bill. Now, the state is fighting back in a big way by filing a lawsuit against Obama’s government.
According to The Political Insider, North Carolina filed the lawsuit against the federal government on Monday over the Justice Department’s demand that they stop implementing a state law blocking LGBT legal protections, especially bathroom access for transgender individuals. The suit was filed in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it seeks “declaratory and injunctive relief” from the federal government.
North Carolina’s lawsuit names Justice Department, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, as defendants.
The Justice Department claims that the North Carolina measure, known as House Bill 2, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on gender in schools and school activities. Last week, they gave North Carolina a deadline to stop enforcing the bill or be faced with a federal lawsuit themselves.
“The department’s position is a baseless and blatant overreach,” North Carolina’s suit stated.
It went on to say the government’s moves against North Carolina are “an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the courts.”
“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina,” Governor Pat McRory said in a statement. “This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level. They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women’s locker room, restroom or shower facility.”
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