Obama’s Justice Department has inserted itself into North Carolina’s state law requiring people to use the public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
Ruling that the state’s law violates federal civil rights law, the Department of Justice is threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding if North Carolina moves forward with implementation and enforcement of the H.B.2 law, commonly referred to as the “bathroom law.”
Via Fox News:
A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can’t be enforced, The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.
The Justice Department’s intervention puts the state in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding.
In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Justice Department put the state on notice that federal officials view the state law as violating federal Civil Rights Act protections barring workplace discrimination based on sex. Provisions of the state law directed at transgender state employees violate their anti-discrimination protections, the letter said.
McCrory has defended the state law, which limits legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that conform to the sex on their birth certificate.
“The State is engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination against transgender state employees and both you, in your official capacity, and the state are engaging in a pattern or practice of resistance” of their rights, the letter said.
The letter effectively serves as a warning to the state to proceed at its own peril or risk being sued. It has not been uncommon during the administration of President Barack Obama for the Justice Department to weigh in on hot-button civil rights issues. In March, the department sharply discouraged state court administrators from jailing defendants who can’t pay court fines for petty offenses. The letter to North Carolina doesn’t have the force of law, but it puts the state on notice that its actions are being watched and run afoul of federal civil rights laws.
The letter seeks confirmation by Monday that “the State will not comply with or implement H.B. 2, and that it has notified employees of the State and public agencies that, consistent with federal law, they are permitted to access bathrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.”
Interesting, isn’t it, that in the world we live in today it’s considered a violation of one’s civil rights simply to use the restroom corresponding to one’s natural-born, God-given sex.
Interesting, too, isn’t it, that Obama’s Justice Department is eager to use the power of the purse to clamp down on state and local laws in conflict with its own agenda — such as the so-called bathroom law. Meanwhile, sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency — in violation of the law — are not just tolerated, but even encouraged. The only difference is that in one case, the “tragedy” is someone having to use a particular bathroom, whereas in the other, the tragedy is someone like Kate Steinle brutally murdered at the hands of an illegal immigrant that should have been dealt with through our system.
Meanwhile, have we heard the U.S. Justice Department intervene in, say, states like Oregon and Colorado penalizing bakers exercising their religion by opting not to serve same-sex weddings? Crickets.
Once again, Obama continues to make his priorities crystal clear.
Via Allen B West