North Carolina has been mired in controversy ever since Gov. Pat McCrory signed HB2 back in March.
Last week, the Tar Heel State was given a deadline by the Obama administration to respond to its request to reverse the law, which requires people to use public bathrooms that conform to their gender at birth. The Justice Department said the law violates the civil rights of transgender individuals, and demanded a response by Monday.
In letters to McCrory and state university system officials, the Justice Department stated, “Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment. Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from their gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates Title VII” of the Civil Rights Act. The Justice Department threatened to pull federal funding from the state.
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McCrory decided to turn around and file a lawsuit against the Justice Department. He pointed out that Title VII does not assume that sex is something that can be switched or changed later in life. “The overwhelming weight of legal authority,” his suit said, “recognizes that transgender status is not a protected class under Title VII.”
Chiming in on the issue, Rush Limbaugh had another idea for how McCrory could handle the situation.
“The solution here might be that the North Carolina governor could say that we don’t identify as North Carolina anymore, and therefore your lawsuit against us is irrelevant,” Limbaugh said. “We’re not North Carolina. We don’t identify that way, as long as your lawsuit — I mean, it’s absurd here! What do you mean, the way I want to present one day? So North Carolina, I say just turn it right around, ‘You know what, we do not identify as North Carolina for the length of your suit.'”
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He told audiences that if the Justice Department gets its way, businesses with 15 employees or more will have to have unisex bathrooms, and “anybody can go into whatever bathroom they want depending how they want to identify or want to present that day.”
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