Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday held a press conference to announce the Federal Government’s new lawsuit against the state of NC for it’s “bathroom law.” Lynch used the press conference as a platform to portray North Carolina as a racist state:
“This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation. We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation … State-sanctioned discrimination never looks good in hindsight. It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference. We have moved beyond those dark days, but not without pain and suffering and an ongoing fight to keep moving forward.” – Loretta Lynch
The lawsuit comes less than two months after the Governor of North Carolina signed HB2, a bill that designates bathrooms and locker rooms in all public schools and government agencies be used according to biological gender. The Justice Department sent the governor a letter — giving him only three business days to rip it down and allow anyone to use the facilities based on how they identify themselves. The penalty would be withholding of federal funds if the state did not comply.
Monday was the deadline. The State of North Carolina has sued the Justice Department “for their radical reinterpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which would prevent plaintiffs from protecting the bodily privacy rights of state employees while accommodating the needs of transgendered state employees.”
Hours later, also on Monday, the Justice Department filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state.
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