Following a letter from the Justice Department informing North Carolina that they are in violation of federal statutes over their HB2 legislation the Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, has announced that he plans to sue President Obama rather than repeal BH2.
Along with the letter, North Carolina were warned that the state could lose billions of dollars in federal education funding. This is along with dozens of celebrities, such as Bruce Springsteen, who have cancelled public appearances in the state and hundreds of business leaders who have condemned the law that unjustly targets and discriminates against members of the LGBT+ community.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday yesterday, 8th March 2015, McCrory said that the state has not been given enough time to respond to the Justice Department's request (despite voting HB2 into power in just one day) and said 'It's the federal government being a - a bully. It's making law'. Yes, the state that feels that they have the right to ruin the lives of thousands of members of the LGBT+ community and label transgender women as sex offenders and paedophiles feels that they are the ones being bullied. You couldn't make it up.
Instead of agreeing to repeal HB2 today, however, McCrory has instead chosen to continue backing his 'common sense' laws and has filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Appearing in federal court today McCrory has launched a lawsuit seeking 'declaratory and injunctive relief' from the federal government. The lawsuit names the Justice Department, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the head of Justice's Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta, as well as President Obama.
'We're taking the Obama admin to court.' He wrote today. 'They're bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and policies for the whole country, not just NC. Our lawsuit seeks to ensure that NC continues to receive federal funding until the court clarifies federal law and resolve this national issue.
'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. 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 and shower facility.'
I'm not sure what more can be said about this situation other than that it is blatantly ridiculous that an elected official would rather attempt to sue their own government rather than allow people equality and understanding. Hatred of this magnitude is staggering.