North Carolina Sues Government Over Potty Politics

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  • North Carolina files a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over the Obama’s administration said the policy violates transgender civil rights.
  • The North Carolina law requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex that they were at birth.
  • However, the law does not require this in every bathroom only government buildings, universities, and roadside rest stops.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed suit Monday against the Department of Justice in a bid to preserve the state’s controversial “bathroom” law, after the Obama administration said the policy violates the civil rights of transgender people.

The state was facing a Monday deadline set by the administration to respond to its demand that North Carolina either scrap the law or face legal action and risk losing federal funds.

McCrory refused and instead filed suit.

“The Department’s position is a baseless and blatant overreach,” the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, says. “This 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.”

The state law requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. McCrory says the North Carolina law applies only to government offices, universities and roadside rest stops, not every bathroom in the state.

The Justice Department, though, had sent McCrory a letter last Wednesday stating the law violates federal civil rights laws.

The governor, speaking over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” said he asked the department for an extension and was given only until the close of business Monday.

“I don’t think that three working days is enough time for such a pretty big threat,” he told Fox News. “It’s the federal government being a bully, making law.”

McCrory also said he doesn’t have the legal authority to change laws and that the expectation that he can is “unrealistic.”  

McCrory, who signed the bill into law in March, said last week that the department seems to be breaking new ground in claiming the North Carolina law violates Civil Rights Act protections against discrimination in education and the workplace.

And he said the administration’s warning means the issue is no longer confined to North Carolina.

“This is not just North Carolina,” said McCrory, arguing that every university that accepts federal funding is now in the same situation as those in his state.

Meanwhile, the administration is expected to soon take the bathroom issue further, to ensure that transgender student rights are fully protected under federal law, according to Politico. The move reportedly would be related to a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities, and multiple agencies are expected to be involved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News


  1. Roger

    Perverts can and will use a women’s bathroom to attack and harass women. The gov’t position allows a man to simply say that I feel like a woman today to enter a woman’s bathroom and harass women. This means that I will have to go into a women’s bathroom with my wife and granddaughters every time they need to go, to protect them. I will be very uncomfortable doing this.
    So we discriminate against the many to satisfy a few perverts.
    Obama is destroying America. He needs to be removed from office. He is the devil incarnate.

  2. Jakobus Petzer

    In the sake of decency and protection of minors and normal females.

  3. Edwin Gomez

    Well what do these idiots think, we have had separate facilities for thousands of years now all of the sudden we have to bend over backward for 3% of the population really!!!!!!!

  4. Lynette Gautier

    There are enough sexual attacks going on without this making such conduct easier. If authorities can’t see that huge trouble will result then they are just plain stupid, defective in brain matter as well.

  5. Jim Henning

    the government is insane, and this will violate the security of our women in public bathrooms from mentally challenged folks who feel they can change their sex at a whim! totally ludicrous!

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