The U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Monday against the state of North Carolina in response to the state’s so-called bathroom law that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not match the biological sex on their birth certificate.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said North Carolina’s legislation, known as HB 2, was “state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals.”
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The DOJ lawsuit comes only hours after Gov. Pat McCrory filed a suit against the department, accusing it of “baseless and blatant overreach.” Along with McCrory, Republican leaders in the North Carolina state legislature filed their own separate lawsuits.
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The controversial law was signed by McCrory in March as a response to the Charlotte city council passing an ordinance that allowed transgender people to use restrooms based on gender identity in both public and private buildings.
The University of North Carolina and its 17 campuses were also named in the lawsuits. UNC put out a memo to the campus that said they do not agree with the Act but they are required to follow state laws.
“In these circumstances, the University is truly caught in the middle,” UNC President Margaret Spellings said.
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The state university system is under the threat of losing more than $1.4 billion, AP reported.