It’s going down! United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch and North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory both just filed dueling lawsuits over the state’s so-called ‘bathroom law’ restricting transgender Americans the use of public restrooms. Keep reading to find out what this means!
United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, 56, just destroyed North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory, 59, by filing a counter-lawsuit against his state, accusing them of “state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals.” She put the smackdown on them, warning that the federal government could stop receiving federal funding for North Carolina if the state continued to enforce the law. Oh, snap!
All of this drama started back on March 23, when North Carolina legislation passed a law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate. Almost instantly the whole situation triggered a national outcry from transgender and LGBT rights organizations, while supporters added that the controversial law is needed to protect women from sexual predators. Now things are getting messy on the political level.
The Justice Department sent the governor a letter warning them that the law violated federal anti-discrimination statutes. The note demanded the state adjust the issue by May 9. “Instead of replying, North Carolina and its governor chose to respond by suing, thus we are filing civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina,” the Attorney General said during a press conference. Yep, that means the U.S. is suing the controversial state.
“What we must never do is turn on our neighbors, our family members, and our fellow Americans for something they cannot control and deny what makes them human. This is why none of us can stand by when a state enters the business of legislation identity and insists a person pretend to be something or someone they are not,” she said. “This is not the first time we’ve seen discriminatory responses to moments of progress…this law provides no benefit to society. All it does it harm innocent Americans,” she added. She also scolded North Carolina, saying that “this country was founded on equal rights for all.”
So what does all of this mean now? Non-compliance by North Carolina could cause the loss of federal subsidies, potentially impacting such funding as the billions of dollars the state receives each year for education. “This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms,” the Attorney General told reporters. “This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them.”
In response to the suit, the governor said that “this is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level.” He also stressed that the state allows private companies to set their own policies concerning the use of bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. People still aren’t happy, though. Bruce Springsteen, 66, Demi Lovato, 23, and Nick Jonas, 23, are just a few of the musicians and bands who have cancelled concerts in the southeastern state because of the “bathroom law.” PayPal actually axed plans to build facilities in North Carolina that would have provided work for around 400 people, and Deutsche Bank did the same, halting plans to create 250 jobs. Now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with all of this.
So HollywoodLifers, whose side are you on? Has North Carolina gone too far when it comes to this issue?