Leaders in North Carolina are furious at President Barack Obama’s Justice Department for pushing back against their transgender bathroom bill.
The law is about keeping women safe in public restrooms, and Obama is overstepping his authority by trying to stop it. That’s why North Carolina just announced they are officially suing the federal government!
North Carolina officials set the stage Monday for a high-stakes court battle with the Obama administration by suing the federal government over the Justice Department’s demand that they stop implementing a state law blocking LGBT legal protections, particularly bathroom access for transgender individuals.
North Carolina filed the suit in federal court in Raleigh, N.C. seeking “declaratory and injunctive relief” from the federal government. The suit names the Justice Department, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, as defendants.
The Justice Department says 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. The Justice Department last week gave the state and the University of North Carolina System a Monday deadline to stop enforcing the bill or face a federal lawsuit.
“The department’s position is a baseless and blatant overreach,” North Carolina’s suit said.
The suit also charged that the Justice Department’s effort to force North Carolina’s hand “is 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.”
In a statement, Governor Pat McCrory opined, “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. 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.”
This is fantastic news – The Federal government has been eroding state’s rights for decades. States frequently refuse to fight back because of the federal government’s power of the purse. But North Carolina is tried of being pushed around!
Now, Obama’s Justice Department will have to explain their unconstitutional activity in court as North Carolina takes a principled stand for public safety.
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