As we know, the US Justice Department gave North Carolina governor Pat McCrory until yesterday, May 9, to repeal the much derided anti-LGBT HB2.
I didn’t expect it to happen, as McCrory seemed as defiant as ever, and unsurprisingly he hasn’t done as asked. Instead, he has sued the US Justice Department.
McCrory made this announcement on Twitter, saying: “We’re taking the Obama administration to court. They’re bypassing Congress, attempting to rewrite law & policies for the whole country, not just North Carolina. Our lawsuit seeks to ensure that North Carolina continues to receive federal funding until the courts clarify federal law and resolve this national issue.”
However, the US Justice Department has answered in kind and announced that they are undertaking their own lawsuit against McCrory and the state of North Carolina for the “state-sponsored discrimination” that is HB2.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a press conference: “We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side. 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.”
“This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms. This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them. Indeed, to protect all of us.”
I can’t see this going well for governor Pat McCrory, but we have seen stranger outcomes than that before. We shall have to wait and see, but for now, it will be interesting to see how this court case proceeds. If the lawsuit ends ruling that HB2 is indeed in breech of federal law, it could set a precedent and perhaps help stop future bills like it from passing.