North Carolina files lawsuit over LGBT law

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"I'm taking this initiative to ensure that North Carolina continues to receive federal funding until the courts resolve this issue", said Governor McCrory. That ordinance would have allowed trans people in Charlotte to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch says North Carolina's law restricting restroom access for transgender people amounts to "state-sponsored discrimination". "This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level", said Governor McCrory in a statement on his website.

The law has mobilized voters on both sides, Tiberii says - the conservative base as well as the law's opponents.

McCrory instead doubled down with a lawsuit arguing that the North Carolina law is a "commonsense privacy policy" and that the Justice Department's position is "baseless and blatant overreach". It seeks an order that would prevent the law's enforcement. " McCrory whined. "It's making law".

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a declaratory judgment action asking the federal courts to clarify federal law.

"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".

McCrory issued a statement on the lawsuit on Monday. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of MS sued that state over a law that will allow workers to cite their religious objections to gay marriage to deny services to people. "That is why this morning I have asked a federal court to clarify what the law actually is", McCrory said at a news conference. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit seeking to keep the law in place.

Earnest says the Justice Department's action was taken "independent of any sort of political interference or direction from the White House". McCrory said the system's governing board wouldn't get together until Tuesday to discuss the issue.

State Department of Public Safety secretary Frank Perry is the only other plaintiff named in the suit besides McCrory.

The sweeping law also limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and has been widely criticized.

Yet, Greg Clarke, an employment specialist with the Charlotte School of Law, says McCrory's lawsuit "reads more like a political press release than a legal pleading".

The move sets up a potentially epic standoff with the Obama administration, with billions in federal aid at stake.

The Justice Department's warning last week detailed where HB2 went wrong, and gave the state and McCrory till today to address the situation. The letters were sent to McCrory, leaders of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, and the state's public safety agency.

The Department of Justice says that the law violates the Civil Rights Act, by discriminating against state employees, and Title IX, by discriminating against students at state schools. Compliance meant acknowledging that House Bill 2, otherwise known as the "bathroom bill," violates Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act by disallowing transgender persons from using the public restrooms of their choice.

Clarke, a longtime HB2 critic, says the governor's lawsuit sidesteps the 4th Circuit's recent ruling, which he believes will take precedence.

McCrory said Sunday on television that Obama administration officials are acting like bullies, but repeatedly declined to say what his written response would be.

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