North Carolina Fights Back
North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, is unafraid.
On Friday, the Department of Justice sent him a letter warning that North Carolina's House Bill 2, also known as the bathroom bill, violated the Civil Rights Act. The bill, which requires that transgender people use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates, was swiftly labeled anti-LGBT, which was all DOJ needed to hear. The government gave McCrory until Monday to confirm that North Carolina would not comply with or implement HB2. McCrory pushed back. On Monday, he filed a lawsuit against the DOJ, targeting Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta. The suit, according to ABC News, "accused the DOJ of a 'radical reinterpretation' of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and wrote that the federal government's position was 'a baseless and blatant overreach.'"