North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was notified by U.S. Justice Department officials that House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and he was given until Monday to clean up his act. Apparently, that was too much to ask.
On Monday, North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the federal government in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The ‘bathroom bill’ was stocked with discrimination against the gay and transgender community.
The Associated Press reports:
Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration filed the lawsuit seeking to keep in place the law the U.S. Justice Department said last week violated the civil rights of transgender people.
The Justice Department had set a deadline of Monday for McCrory to report whether he would refuse to enforce the last that took effect in March.
McCrory’s defiance could risk funding for the state’s university system and lead to a protracted legal battle.
The Justice Department wrote last week, in part, “We further inform you that that today the department sent letters addressed to the NC Department of Public Safety and the University of NC similarly notifying them of our conclusion that they have engaged in violations of Title VII as well as violations of Title IX.”
Discrimination is no longer legal. Transgender people are now the focus of Conservative outrage even though we’ve all been sharing bathrooms with them for years.
Bands have canceled shows in the state, a list of companies, including Google, Time Warner Cable and PayPal are opposed to the anti-LGBT law. Prominent names have also come out against the bigoted bill as well as various states and cities. North Carolina could lose millions in federal school funding. During the current school year, state public schools received $861 million in federal funding.
You can read North Carolina’s lawsuit here.
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