US Justice Department, North Carolina File Countersuits Over HB2


The Obama administration has taken a firm stance that transgender people are protected, a point that Attorney General Loretta Lynch emphasized on Monday. “We’ve moved beyond those dark days”, she said.

If the General Assembly doesn’t comply with the federal government by Monday they could be out billions of dollars in federal funding, but still the governor isn’t backing down.

Unless North Carolina backs down, any ruling by a trial judge would likely be challenged and end up in a Virginia-based federal appeals court that only weeks ago issued an important ruling in favor of transgender rights.

“This seems like the kind of thing that’s on track for the Supreme Court”, Lindevaldsen said.

The showdown comes amid a wider debate on equal rights in the United States, where a flurry of initiatives have targeted the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities since a historic Supreme Court decision previous year legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

The university was named as a defendant in the Justice Department lawsuit, along with the state and the governor. The poll, which consisted of telephone interviews of 1,001 American adults, found that 57 percent of those asked said they oppose those laws, while just 38 percent support them.

Since then, the state has been riven by business cancellations and boycotts from music stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed statements from Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, announcing that the us was suing North Carolina for “violating the civil rights of transgender individuals”. After first asking for an extension of the deadline, McCrory instead announced Monday morning that the state would sue for relief. “This is now a national issue”. Another $800 million in federally backed loans for students who attend the public universities also would be at risk.

“This is definitely a strategic decision by the plaintiffs to file in the district they like best”, said Tom Metzloff, a Duke University law professor and expert on civil procedure.

North Carolina is the first USA state that approved this kind of law.

Noting that she is a native of North Carolina, Lynch said the bathroom law is a “pretext for discrimination and harassment” that “inflict [s] further indignity on a population that has already suffered”. “And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country – haltingly, but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion, and equality for all Americans”.

The Washington Post notes that the federal government is still in the process of defining the kinds of protections it offers to transgendered people under federal law.

“All they had to do was just leave us out of their political machinations”.

“I continue to be disappointed in the Obama administration’s lack of protection of innocent citizens”, Catlin said in an email.

Rawlings-Blake made the announcement Tuesday in a letter to city officials, saying she hopes the city’s efforts combined with those of other governments and companies “will push North Carolina and Mississippi” to change.

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