As we shared with you, last week the Obama administration’s Department of Justice gave North Carolina until today to agree to, essentially, back down from its H.B.2 law which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that conform to the sex on their birth certificate — or risk losing millions of dollars in federal funding.
Today North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory responded to the DOJ’s Monday deadline — but it might not have been exactly what the DOJ had in mind.
Breaking News: North Carolina is suing the Department of Justice over a challenge to the bathroom law. pic.twitter.com/ybfRHWYzCD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 9, 2016
The governor accuses Obama’s Department of Justice of a “radical reinterpretation of Civil Rights act of 1964” and “baseless and blatant overreach.”
Fox News elaborates:
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory filed suit Monday against the Department of Justice in a bid to preserve the state’s controversial “bathroom” law, after the Obama administration said the policy violates the civil rights of transgender people.
The state was facing a Monday deadline set by the administration to respond to its demand that North Carolina either scrap the law or face legal action and risk losing federal funds.
McCrory refused, and instead filed suit.
The state law requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. McCrory says the North Carolina law applies only to government offices, universities and road-side rest stops, not every bathroom in the state.
The Justice Department, though, sent McCrory a letter last Wednesday stating the law violates federal civil rights laws.
The governor, speaking over the weekend with “Fox News Sunday,” said he asked the department for an extension and was given only until the close of business Monday.
“I don’t think that three working days is enough time for such a pretty big threat,” he told Fox News. “It’s the federal government being a bully, making law.”
McCrory also said he doesn’t have the legal authority to change laws and that the expectation that he can is “unrealistic.”
McCrory, who signed the bill into law in March, said last week that the department seems to be breaking new ground in claiming the North Carolina law violates Civil Rights Act protections against discrimination in education and the workplace.
And he said the administration’s warning means the issue is no longer confined to North Carolina.
“This is not just North Carolina,” said McCrory, arguing that every university that accepts federal funding is now in the same situation as those in his state.
And it’s not just about bathrooms, either. It’s much bigger and broader than that.
In addition to blatant overreach — federalism, anyone? — the Obama administration is, once again, revealing its blatant and treasonous hypocrisy. While it threatens North Carolina over its so-called “bathroom law,” it continues to provide funding to countless sanctuary states and cities who violate our rule of law in providing material support and comfort to those unauthorized to be in our republic — a law established in the Constitution.
Cheers to Gov. McCrory for standing up to federal overreach. As he points out, this is not just about North Carolina; it has broader implications for federalism and federal government overreach across all 50 states.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]