AG Lynch To Trans Community: ‘We Will Do Everything We Can To Protect You’ (VIDEO)

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The discriminatory North Carolina transgender bathroom law has resulted in a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit with the state. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that North Carolina’s law, which requires transgender people use the bathroom corresponding with their birth certificate sex, is “state-sponsored discrimination,” for “a problem that doesn’t exist” and will “harm innocent Americans.”

The state’s university system could lose close to $1.5 billion in federal funds if North Carolina refuses to comply with the existing national civil rights law.

The Justice Department calls the North Carolina law illegal sex discrimination and gave Gov. Pat McCrory three days to say he would “refuse to endorse it.”

Instead, McCrory filed a federal lawsuit Monday according WSET, arguing that the North Carolina law is a “commonsense privacy policy” and called the Justice Department’s position a “baseless and blatant overreach.” At a news conference, the governor said:

‘This is not a North Carolina issue. It is now a national issue.’

Later, that same day, the Justice Department sued North Carolina. Lynch, a native of North Carolina, said:

‘Instead, what this law does, is inflict further indignity on a population that has already suffered far more than its fair share. This law provides no benefit to society, and all it does it is harm innocent Americans.’

‘This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens. It’s about the founding ideals that have led this country, haltingly but inexorably in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.’

Those who agree with the state law argue that it is necessary to protect “the safety and privacy of people in bathrooms.” Those who disagree with the law say any danger of a transgender person molesting a child in a restroom is “all but nonexistent.”

Not only could North Carolina lose federal funding to educational institutions, they are losing commercial money as well. Musician Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have canceled shows in North Carolina over the new law. PayPal decided against its planned 400-employee operation center in Charlotte, and Deutsche Bank froze expansion plans near Raleigh.

Given this is an election year for McCrory, the fireworks should continue.

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H/T: WSET News.

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