May 10, 2016 10:37AM

North Carolina Is Suing The Government To Retain Its Dumb Anti-Trans Laws

FFS.

In spite of the outcry from sane people everywhere — and a message from the US Justice Department that the HB2 law violates the civil rights act — the lawmakers over in North Carolina are continuing in their efforts to police which bathrooms trans people may or may not use.  

After being given a deadline of Monday to change the controversial "bathroom laws", Governor Pat McCrory has doubled down on his position and filed a suit against the federal government. His position is that the Obama administration is unfairly rewriting federal civil rights laws and should not have the power to impose such laws on the private sector. 

"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," said Governor McCrory. "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."

It's worth noting that Governer McCrory has fundamentally misunderstood what being trans means, and that by saying the law is about allowing men to use women's locker rooms, restrooms or showers, he is blatantly discriminating against trans women and their gender identity. 

This being the US, the Justice Department has responded by suing the state of North Carolina, seeking a court order declaring the HB2 law discriminatory and unenforceable. The US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, said that the law amounts to "state-sponsored discrimination" and has caused trans people to suffer "emotional harm, mental anguish, distress, humiliation and indignity".

With the competing cases both filed, the issue could be headed for the Supreme Court.  

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Nadia Bailey