North Carolina is one of several states that have enacted laws prohibiting people from using bathrooms that don’t correspond to the gender they were at birth.
The federal government told the Tar Heel State last week that its legislation violated federal civil rights law, and it had until today to respond or risk losing federal funding.
NBC News reported that North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, has announced that he is suing the federal government for attempting to rewrite the civil rights law.
“I’m taking this initiative to ensure that North Carolina continues to receive federal funding until the courts resolve this issue,” he said in a release, according to CBS News.
You can read McCrory’s lawsuit here:
McCrory insists that transgendered peoples are not protected under the Civil Rights Act, and therefore the federal government has no business trying to force a state to change its policies regarding transgenders under that law.
“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,” McCrory said in the statement.
“This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level,” he added.
The so-called “bathroom bills” that have sprung up in handful of states have drawn significant criticism and praise from all across the country.
Many liberals view these laws as being discriminatory. GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump has even stated that he doesn’t support them, but many other Republicans do.
This lawsuit will likely set a precedent on whether the federal government can now regulate bathroom policies of states.
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