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North Carolina Sues Justice Department Over Bathroom Bills, DoJ Claps Back Hard

“This law provides no benefit to society, and all it does is harm innocent Americans."

North Carolina's restrictive and transphobic bathroom bills, which attempted to regulate what bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use, are on their way out. But the bigotry of North Carolina's lawmakers isn't going down without a fight: Pat McCrory, one of the brains behind the bill, is suing the Department of Justice after his law was deemed a violation of trans people's civil rights.

In a move Jezebel's Bobby Finger described as "like a high schooler using a slur and punching another kid in the face during gym class, getting suspended for it, and filing a complaint with the superintendent’s office saying he’s being bullied for going to gym"-- McCrory has decided to engage in legal battle with the DoJ. "It’s the federal government being a bully," he said, in reference to being told to rescind his patently hateful law.

Attorney General and Badass Supreme Loretta Lynch ain't havin' none of it. With calmness and clarity, Lynch issued a seven minute speech tearing apart McCrory's arguments one by one. Homegirl went in:

"[North Carolina has] created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals who simply seek to engage in the most private of functions in a place of safety and security, a right taken for granted by most of us," said Lynch bravely. “This law provides no benefit to society, and all it does is harm innocent Americans."

Referring to the McCrory's claims that the law was created to help protect children from predators, Lynch retorted: "[N]one of us can stand by when a state enters the business of legislating identity and insists that a person pretend to be something they are not, or invents a problem that doesn’t exist as a pretext for discrimination and harassment."

Lynch concluded with the following encouraging message to transgender individuals in America: "Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself," she said. "Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side. This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time. It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together."

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