U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch held a press conference Monday to officially say that HB 2 (which requires transgender people to use the bathroom facilities that match the sex on their birth certificate) is extremely uncool. The North Carolina native stated that last week the Civil Rights Division notified North Carolina State officials that “House Bill 2 violates federal civil rights laws.”
North Carolina officials responded by suing the Department of Justice. Bad move. Lynch announced that the Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina.
And then she just came down hard on the point:
“This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect 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. And 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.”
She goes on to take it all the way home:
“This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments of progress for our nation. We saw it in the Jim Crow laws that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. We saw it in fierce and widespread resistance to Brown v. Board of Education. And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry.”
HB 2 has just been owned. Loretta Lynch out.