CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The United States Department of Justice file a brief requesting that a federal judge halt the enforcement of House Bill 2 by North Carolina.
The 70-page brief states that the law “excluding transgender men and women from bathroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity causes significant and irreparable physical, psychological, economic, social, and stigmatic harm to transgender people.”NBC CharloThe brief also says it violates the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX, which requires educational institutions to provide equal access and treatment to all students of all genders.
NBC Charlotte reports that, “The DOJ has said that North Carolina’s law discriminates against transgender people.
Attorney General Lorertta Lynch announced the Government’s suit accusing her home state of inflicting “further indignity on a population that has already suffered far more than its fair share.’
Lynch said, ‘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.’
McCrory said HB2 provides ‘common sense bodily privacy protections’ and that transgender people cannot be a special protected class under federal civil rights laws without a new law passed by Congress.
‘North Carolina does not treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees,’ the lawsuit states. ‘All state employees are required to use the bathroom and changing facilities assigned to persons of their same biological sex, regardless of gender identity, or transgender status.'”