North Carolina governor prepares for Justice Department deadline on bathroom privacy law

At the close of Monday’s business we will have arrived at the end of the three working day deadline which the United States Department of Justice set for the Governor of the nation’s ninth largest state to overturn a law passed by their state legislature and signed into law by their chief executive. Yep.. three business days. I highlight this only to provide the backdrop for how insulting and out of bounds Barack Obama’s Justice Department is behaving in response to North Carolina’s new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, commonly known as HB2. So how will Governor Pat McCrory respond to this sort of executive branch blackmail? We still don’t know, but he indicated on Sunday that we can expect some sort of answer, and it’s going to impact every state in the nation, not just the Tar Heels. (CNN)

McCrory says what he chooses to do at that deadline goes beyond the Tar Heel state — it will affect the majority of Americans.

“This is no longer just a North Carolina issue,” he said in a Fox News interview on Sunday. “This is a basic change of norms that we’ve used for decades throughout the United States of America and the Obama administration is now trying to change that norm — again not just in North Carolina, but they’re ordering this to every company in the United States of America — starting tomorrow I assume, or Tuesday.”

McCroy says he will respond by the deadline but he has not said how he will respond…

“This unrealistic deadline by the federal government is quite amazing,” he said in his Fox News interview. “It’s the federal government being a bully.”

In his response, McCrory goes beyond the hot take politics and gets down (at last) to the science behind it. The Civil Rights Act is essentially being re-written by the Justice Department in a way which defies medical science.

McCrory also points to the fact that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act uses the term “sex” when it comes to gender issues, and “Congress does not define sex” as something that can be chosen.

“The Justice Department is making law for the federal government as opposed to enforcing it,” McCrory said.

McCrory has identified several problems in one fell swoop and is currently faced with a risky but very necessary opportunity which could, as he says, affect the entire nation. This obviously isn’t just a “North Carolina problem” and it hasn’t been for some time now. These nonsensical fights are breaking out all across the nation and producing a variety of contradictory results which will sadly need to be sorted out in the Supreme Court sooner or later. The Governor is correct in noting that accepted definitions which have essentially stood for the history of the species were recently re-written from the White House and are now being forced down the throat of the nation without any public debate. Supporting the government’s position, the previous Attorney General issued a memo in 2014 redefining the word “gender.” That was followed up by a second memo from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That’s the extent of the legal justification which the White House is using to redefining the meaning of a medical term which is easily established using DNA testing and common sense. Two memos written by the Obama administration.

McCrory is facing a stiff headwind if he continues to take a stand for the right of his state to determine their own fate and uphold basic standards of decency and privacy. Liberal forces from around the nation are attempting to boycott and blackmail North Carolina into bending a knee and some time this afternoon we should learn whether or not they’ve succeeded. Let’s hope not, because this question needs to be shoved into the court system for a legal resolution sooner rather than later.

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