by Sam Hieb
Gov. Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to determine if the controversial House Bill 2 is illegally discriminatory or not.
“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement his office issued Monday morning. “This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level.”
McCrory said the legal action was intended to ensure that billions of dollars in education funding is not jeopardized by a U.S. Department of Justice determination last week that HB2 violates the Civil Rights Act sections on education and employment. The department gave the governor until Monday to affirm that it will not enforce HB2.
McCrory’s filing cites his executive order for state agencies to make a reasonable accommodation for employees of a single-occupancy restroom.
The lawsuit names U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and justice official Vanita Gupta, who wrote the warning letter.