(NBC News) – The battle over North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” has moved to federal court.
Governor Pat McCrory is filing suit after a demand from the Justice Department to abandon a new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. The law also bars local governments from prohibiting discrimination in several other scenarios.
“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set basic restroom polices,” McCrory said.
- Related: Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms
- Related: Dozens arrested protesting “bathroom bill”
The state law was designed to block an ordinance passed in Charlotte, which McCrory also called “government overreach.”
Attorney General Lorretta Lynch countered with a separate filing on behalf of the federal government.
“State sanctioned discrimination never looks good and never works in hindsight,” Lynch said of the North Carolina law.
Meanwhile, major corporations continue to line-up publicly against the bill.
Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1XhKJJ7