‘Bring it,’ He Said. So They Brought It

Gov. McRory is proud of this ad showing a predator entering a bathroom.

Gov. McRory is proud of this ad showing a predator entering a bathroom.

The Department of Justice issued suit against North Carolina’s now-infamous HB2:

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…

And then Attorney General Loretta Lynch says something unusual, and pretty terrific when you think about it:

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.

Brother and Sister Scissorheads, can I have an Amen? Can I have a Hell Yeah?

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10 Responses to ‘Bring it,’ He Said. So They Brought It

  1. Osirisopto says:

    Hell, yeah!

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  3. Ming says:

    Hell yeah!

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  4. Oh Hell Yeah! I’m glad some in the Justice department aren’t slumbering, and seem to believe in their job.

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    • tengrain says:

      Yeah, now if only she would prosecute the banksters and war criminals from the previous administration, I might start to have a modicum of faith in the system.

      Ha. I jest.

      TG

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  5. apacapacas says:

    The problem is that if former government heads and shoulders are prosecuted, present government heads and shoulders are at risk for prosecution, because the Republicans (who can’t admit they’re bigoted) will find some excuse to try to haul Obama into court.

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  6. Randall says:

    Hell yeah amen

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  7. Pupienus Maximus says:

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. – Molly Ivins

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  8. That’s a great picture of a trans man being forced by North Carolina law to enter the ladies’ room because of his birth certificate. Why is McRory smiling? Was this his plan all along?

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