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The obvious choice N.C. now faces on HB 2The conservatives want to make this out as something that is a political whim on the part of the President but in fact it is based sound legal opinions.
The Department of Justice told N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday that the anti-LGBT law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act
The letter changes the HB 2 landscape, and it offers Republicans an escape
The Charlotte Observer
The Observer Editorial Board
May 6, 2016
The time for cable TV appearances and morning radio rants should be over now. The debate over bathrooms and predators, misguided as it was, is moot.
On Wednesday, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice informing him that North Carolina’s House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX. If the state does not significantly change or repeal HB 2, it could face the loss of billions of dollars in federal money.
The letter, signed by top DOJ civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta, provides McCrory and the N.C. legislature a suddenly clear choice on HB 2: They can invite significant new penalties for our state, or they can continue to pretend that HB 2 is an issue to debate and a political fight to wage.
It’s not. As the DOJ letter spelled out, HB 2 is breaking the law.
This is not some far-left interpretation of sexuality and civil rights statutes. As Gupta detailed, it’s the determination of administrative agencies and federal courts, including the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled just last month that transgender individuals must be treated consistent with their gender identity.
It was a response that didn’t acknowledge how the HB 2 landscape has now changed. It’s no longer about the “dialogue” that McCrory suddenly wants to have on bathrooms. It’s not about the political left smearing North Carolina, as he’s claimed on cable and radio. It’s about the law.The time governor to have a “dialogue” we when the bill was being discussed in the legislature but instead the Republican controlled legislature rammed the bill through in a one day special session that no one had time to prepare for and the bill had no hearing. The bill was filed on the same day that the governor signed it into law.
Governor, that was the time you should all have stopped and had a “dialogue” but instead your party was hell-bent to punish Charlotte for passing the ordinance.