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Gov. Pat McCrory is suing Department of Justice over bathroom bill accusations

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was issued a letter by the U.S. Department of Justice last week that his state’s anti-LGBT law, HB 2, is in violation of civil rights.

McCroy had until today to make a decision on whether to repeal that law or continue to enforce it. The Governor has decided to retaliate with his own lawsuit against the Department of Justice, saying HB 2 does not violate civil rights.

McCory went on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, saying that giving someone three working days to respond to such a “pretty complex letter,” is a “pretty big threat,” and he asked for an extension.

The Justice Department denied his request, unless he went on public record to say that HB 2 does discriminate; that is something he is not willing to do.

“I’m not going to publically announce that something discriminates,” he told Chris Wallace, “which is agreeing with their letter because we are really talking about a letter in which they’re trying to define gender identity, and there is no clear…definition of gender identity.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging HB 2 along with Lambda Legal in federal court on behalf of six LGBT people from North Carolina who feel their civil rights have been compromised because of HB 2.

The ACLU released the following statement today:

“While transgender people in North Carolina remain in the perilous position of being forced to avoid public restrooms or risk violation of state law, Governor McCrory has doubled down on discrimination against them.

The federal government made clear that HB 2’s mandate of discrimination against transgender people violates federal civil rights laws but McCrory and other political leaders in the state have decided to risk federal funding to maintain that discrimination.

Transgender people work for the state of North Carolina, attend school in North Carolina, and are a part of every community across the state. It is unconscionable that the government is placing a target on their backs to advance this discriminatory political agenda.  Lawsuits are normally filed to stop discrimination — not to continue it.” 

Chris Wallace in his interview asked Gov. McCrory if there had been any instances of people using transgender protections to commit crimes in the restroom.

“Not that I’m aware of,” responded McCrory.

Wallace then asks if there was no problem, then why pass the law in the first place?

“There can be a problem because the liberal democrats are the ones pushing for bathroom laws," he responded, "and now President Obama…wants to have bathroom rules. I’m not interested in that, we did not start this on the right.”