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READ: Loretta Lynch North Carolina ‘Bathroom Bill’ Lawsuit Full Statement

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch held a press conference Monday to announce legal action the Department of Justice is taking against the state of North Carolina because of the so-called bathroom bill, also known as HB2. You can watch her speech above.

The Department of Justice had notified North Carolina officials that the state law was in violation of the Civil Rights Act, giving Governor Pat McCrory and the legislature until 5 p.m. Monday to correct the issue. Instead, McCrory sued the Justice Department, asking a federal judge to declare that the law is not discriminatory.

The lawsuit filed by McCrory can be read here. The DOJ’s lawsuit is available here.

House Bill 2 was passed after the Charlotte city council adopted an ordinance allowing transgender people to use the bathroom according to their gender identity. HB2 blocks Charlotte’s ordinance and any other local ordinances dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It also requires people in schools and government buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate, not their gender identity.

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You can read Lynch’s full statement announcing the action below, courtesy of the DOJ:

Good afternoon and thank you all for being here. Today, I’m joined by [Vanita] Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. We are here to announce a significant law enforcement action regarding North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, also known as House Bill 2.

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 2 in special session on March 23 of this year. The bill sought to strike down an anti-discrimination provision in a recently-passed Charlotte, North Carolina, ordinance, as well as to require transgender people in public agencies to use the bathrooms consistent with their sex as noted at birth, rather than the bathrooms that fit their gender identity. The bill was signed into law that same day. In so doing, the legislature and the governor placed North Carolina in direct opposition to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity. More to the point, they created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals, who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security – a right taken for granted by most of us.

Last week, our Civil Rights Division notified state officials that House Bill 2 violates federal civil rights laws. We asked that they certify by the end of the day today that they would not comply with or implement House Bill 2’s restriction on restroom access. An extension was requested by North Carolina and was under active consideration. But instead of replying to our offer or providing a certification, this morning, the state of North Carolina and its governor chose to respond by suing the Department of Justice. As a result of their decisions, we are now moving forward.

Today, we are filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina. We are seeking a court order declaring House Bill 2’s restroom restriction impermissibly discriminatory, as well as a statewide bar on its enforcement. While the lawsuit currently seeks declaratory relief, I want to note that we retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds.

This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us. 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.

This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation. We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. We saw it in fierce and widespread resistance to Brown v. Board of Education. And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry. That right, of course, is now recognized as a guarantee embedded in our Constitution, and in the wake of that historic triumph, we have seen bill after bill in state after state taking aim at the LGBT community. Some of these responses reflect a recognizably human fear of the unknown, and a discomfort with the uncertainty of change. But this is not a time to act out of fear. This is a time to summon our national virtues of inclusivity, diversity, compassion and open-mindedness. What we must not do – what we must never do – is turn on our neighbors, our family members, 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 legislating identity and insists that a person pretend to be something they are not, or invents a problem that doesn’t exist as a pretext for discrimination and harassment.

Let me speak now to the people of the great state, the beautiful state, my state of North Carolina. You’ve been told that this law protects vulnerable populations from harm – but that just is not the case. Instead, what this law does is inflict further indignity on a population that has already suffered far more than its fair share. This law provides no benefit to society – all it does is harm innocent Americans.

Instead of turning away from our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, let us instead learn from our history and avoid repeating the mistakes of our past. Let us reflect on the obvious but often neglected lesson that state-sanctioned discrimination never looks good in hindsight. It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference. We have moved beyond those dark days, but not without pain and suffering and an ongoing fight to keep moving forward. Let us write a different story this time. Let us not act out of fear and misunderstanding, but out of the values of inclusion, diversity and regard for all that make our country great.

Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side. This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time. It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together.

I want to thank my colleagues in the Civil Rights Division who have devoted many hours to this case so far, and who will devote many more to seeing it through.

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21 comments

  1. Lynch is a fitting name. American’s need to lynch her and Odumba period. State rights over rule Federal period. This is not the USSR you commie scum sucking dirt bag politicians!

    • Arthur,

      You have every right to express to the world how sadly ignorant you are. Maybe one day you will act like an adult.

    • Arthur’s comment exemplifies the most valuable qualities of the internet: a place where thoughtful citizens can express their well-developed insights to the rest of us, in order to make the country a more rational, mature, and welcoming place for all of us. No, really…Oh, yeah, and thanks to FOX to for making “Arthur” so interesting to read!!

  2. Out of curiosity, why is the US being held “hostage” by less than 3% of the population? Also, if it’s truly a matter of civil rights, I’d be interested to know when Ms. Lynch came out as/ decided/felt black? Many people of color are deeply offended by equating their struggle with discrimination with the struggle of those that choose to identify as lgbtq.

  3. I hasten to add, I hope you will treat my thoughts in the same spirit as AG Lynch noted in her speech “What we must not do – what we must never do – is turn on our neighbors, our family members, our fellow Americans,. . .”

  4. Liberals love biology unless it involves killing the unborn or dudes that look like ladies. Then it’s biology what?

  5. Please share this. It comes from my heart. It’s getting harder and harder to be a good Democrat. When someone supports Democrats locally it helps support their policies on a state and national level.
    When a Christian baker is Penalized $130K for not baking a same sex cake, while a Muslim truck driver is Awarded $240K for having to haul alcohol, when people are fined because they can’t afford Obama Care, when Planned Parenthood is caught red handed butchering & selling babies and Democrats celebrate the whistle-blower being indicted for pretending to buy them, all the while laundering our tax dollars back to the Democrats, when bragging about bringing troops home causes chaos with Syrian refugees, while ISIS rapes and murders Christians Democrats struggle to admit Christian genocide is even happening, when the best POTUS candidate Democrats can come up with endangered us all by sending 30.000 unsecured emails and allowed 4 people to die in Libya who begged for help, then is proven to have lied about it when her illegal server is discovered, when decades of Democrat control create the ten poorest cities in America turning them into mini third world countries, when Chicago has been controlled by Democrats for 85 consecutive years, and 47% of young black males in Chicago are still out of work , when tragedy strikes and Democrats blame guns, instead of keeping felons locked-up or out of our country in the first place, when Democrat controlled “sanctuary” cities provide a safe-haven for illegal aliens to commit horrific crimes, collect free welfare, housing and cash without paying a dime into our tax system, while Veterans who defended and served us all struggle to get proper health care, when our unsecured borders allow billions of dollars’ worth of Heroin, and other drugs, while Democrats focus on the size of a soda pop one can buy, when illegal aliens are allowed to not only get a driver’s license, they are also automatically registered to vote, while everybody else foots that bill plus the increased insurance cost to have them on the road, when High School grads literally fail to graduate, yet are given a diploma anyway, when Democrat created Affirmative Action now allows lower scoring Blacks to be admitted/hired over higher scoring Asians creating the very discrimination it was designed to prevent, when minor children are allowed to have birth control/abortions without parental consent, but will be expelled for saying a prayer, or drawing a picture of a gun, when Democrats continually force acceptance of LGBT “rights” over First Amendment Right to freedom of religion, while sex crimes reach epidemic rates, Democrats push to allow grown men into women’s/girls restrooms, when Democrats constantly attempt to trample freedom of speech, yet require others to be politically correct labeling anyone a bigot who dares to disagree – All of which the Democrats support!
    It is VERY hard to be ANY kind of Democrat… MLK, Jr. and JFK are rolling over in their graves!
    I’m no Republican Troll. I was “born & raised” in a Democrat home, knocking on doors campaigning for Democrats before I could read and write. At the time of my Democrat father’s death he was the longest serving council member in my city’s history. I remember Chicago back in 1968, having National Guardsmen with M-16’s in our hotel lobby when my mother was a delegate to the Democrat National Convention. Even my 82 y/o mother, a lifelong Democrat, cannot believe what Obama, the Democrats and the spineless Republicans have done to America. “It’s like they are intentionally trying to destroy America.” She is livid. #ashameddemocrat UPDATE: Although I have never voted a straight ticket in a fall election. I just requested my first Republican primary election ballot. Goodbye Democrat Party It is you and your supporters that have failed us all.

  6. North Carolin is the only AMERICAN stateto step up . Like ccomment HERKIE what man wouldn’t want to be in a little girl’s bathroom. Like Target boycott them all. Sickos…. men will always be men and women will always be women . Stay out of OUR bathrooms. A local DMV had a woman and man in 1 bathroom, I ssuppose that will be ok. Too . Where’s your MORALS. These politicians are corrupt. Better yet make a separate bathroom for Others”

  7. since when do ideas override facts, fact is you are either a male or female, your ideas don’t matter.

  8. NORTH CAROLINA AND THE BATHROOM ISSUE??? DISCRIMINATION OR NOT??? FEDS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT RALEIGH, NC WAKE COUNTY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL BY EXCLUDING THEM FROM HOUSING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS. WAKE COUNTY HAS HAD 105 COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING FILED BETWEEN 2007 AND 2015. IF I AM CORRECT, ONLY ONE OF THESE COMPLAINTS MADE IT TO THE COURT. WHOSE? I WAS GRANTED MY MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, PENDING TRIAL AND WAKE COUNTY FILED A MOTION FOR DISMISSAL OF THE CASE. THE MOTION WAS DENIED BY A WAKE COUNTY JUDGE AFTER A CROSS EXAMINATION(AND MORE) OF WCHS’ ASSISTANT HOUSING DIRECTOR. THIS JUDGE SCHEDULED A HEARING FOR TRIAL, AFTERWARDS. MY SON COULD NOT USE THE BATHROOM IN OUR HOME, IN REGARDS TO LIVING TOGETHER, NOW THAT IS “PROVEN” DISCRIMINATION! TO READ ABOUT THIS CASE OF EXTREME AND DEVASTATING DISCRIMINATION BY RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY, NC, PLEASE GO TO TEH INDY WEEK NEWSPAPER ONLINE AND READ THE MARCH 16, 2016 EDITION. THE STORY WAS IN THE MARCH 16, 2016 EDITION OF THE INDY WEEK NEWSPAPER AND WAS FEATURED ON THE FULL FRONT COVER OF THE MAGAZINE.

  9. A HIDDEN AGENDA:

    TO READ IN FULL DETAILS WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ BELOW PLEASE, GO TO THE MARCH 16, 2016 EDITION OF THE INDY WEEK NEWSPAPER(ONLINE) AND FOR THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WHICH IS IN THE HEADLINES OF THE INDY WEEK MARCH 16, 2016, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

    NORTH CAROLINA AND THE BATHROOM ISSUE??? DISCRIMINATION OR NOT??? FEDS
    NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT RALEIGH, NC WAKE COUNTY DISCRIMINATING
    AGAINST THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL BY EXCLUDING THEM FROM HOUSING
    BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS. WAKE COUNTY HAS HAD 105 COMPLAINTS
    OF DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING FILED BETWEEN 2007 AND 2015. IF I AM
    CORRECT, ONLY ONE OF THESE COMPLAINTS MADE IT TO THE COURT. WHOSE? IT WAS MINE. I WAS
    GRANTED MY MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, PENDING TRIAL AND WAKE
    COUNTY FILED A MOTION FOR DISMISSAL OF THE CASE. THE MOTION WAS DENIED
    BY A WAKE COUNTY JUDGE AFTER A CROSS EXAMINATION(AND MORE) OF WCHS’
    ASSISTANT HOUSING DIRECTOR. THIS JUDGE SCHEDULED A HEARING FOR TRIAL,
    AFTERWARDS. MY SON COULD NOT USE THE BATHROOM IN OUR HOME, IN REGARDS TO
    LIVING TOGETHER, NOW THAT IS “PROVEN” DISCRIMINATION! THE D.OJ. AND HUD DID NOT STAND BY US IN THIS MATTER!