Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced Monday they have filed a lawsuit in the federal Eastern District of North Carolina, asking the court to declare that North Carolina’s commonsense law to maintain sex-specific restrooms complies with federal law.
Last week, the Obama administration threatened to withhold federal funding for the state’s public schools, roads and other programs based on its radical reinterpretation of longstanding federal law including Title IX. This would penalize all North Carolina citizens who pay federal taxes and have a major negative impact on the state budget, which is the primary responsibility of the General Assembly. And it would have far-reaching consequences and costs, since it would not only apply to the state government of North Carolina, but most private employers in the state.
Berger and Moore issued the following joint statement:
“It’s unacceptable for the Obama administration to try to intimidate North Carolina taxpayers into accepting their radical reinterpretation of a law meant to protect women from discrimination into a law that would actually deny women their right to basic safety and privacy. What the Obama administration is arguing has never been written into law by Congress or settled in the courts, and that is why we are seeking clarity – to confirm we remain in compliance with federal law.”