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The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Monday against North Carolina saying that state entities were in violation of provisions in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX the Education Acts Amendment of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex. The lawsuit comes hours after Gov. Pat McCrory sued the Justice Department, asking a federal court to rule whether the state’s so-called bathroom bill violated U.S. law.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Digging in Monday in his fight with the federal government, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sued the U.S. Justice Department to preserve the state’s new law restricting the use of public bathrooms by transgender people.
“This is not a North Carolina issue. It is now a national issue,” McCrory, a Republican who is up for re-election in November, declared at a news conference.
The move sets up a potentially epic standoff with the Obama administration, with billions in federal aid at stake. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was expected later Monday to announce “law enforcement action” against North Carolina.
At issue is a fiercely disputed North Carolina law that says transgender people must use the public restroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. The law, which took effect in March, also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from state anti-discrimination protection and bars local governments from adopting their own anti-bias measures.