Hey! Turns out that despite the attempts of conservative bigots, you can't legally segregate public facilities in America!
With that in mind: According to Gawker, the Justice Department has declared that North Carolina's HB2, which made it illegal for trans people to use public bathrooms that correlate to their identified gender, violates the federal law!
The decision came yesterday, with the Justice Department giving the state's officials until Monday to respond "by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement HB2.”
Here's what Vanita Gupta, principal deputy assistant attorney general, had to say on the subject:
"Access to sex-segregated restrooms and other workplace facilities consistent with gender identity is a term, condition or privilege of employment. Denying such access to transgender individuals, whose gender identity is different from the gender assigned at birth, while affording it to similarly situated non-transgender employees, violates [the Civil Rights Act’s] Title VII …
HB 2...is facially discriminatory against transgender employees on the basis of sex because it treats transgender employees, whose gender identity does not match their biological sex, as defined by HB2, differently from similarly situated non transgender employees…"
If North Carolina does not comply, the state will lose millions in federal school funding. Frighteningly, some political commenters expect the state's most conservative representatives to use this as leverage to continue fighting in favor of the oppressive bathroom laws -- although it is still unclear as to how North Carolina will challenge this decision.
Here's Governor Pat McCrory, one of the brains behind HB2, responding to the ruling. In his retort, McCrory blames the media for distorting the content of his bill and making North Carolina a target for scrutiny:
Similarly, the even more restrictive bathroom laws (which threatened to jail trans people using their preferred restroom facilities) implemented in Oxford, Alabama were overturned by a public ordinance just yesterday. Chinyere Ezie, staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center said: “The Oxford City Council did the right thing by recalling its discriminatory ordinance. We are pleased the council members came to the conclusion that nobody should be criminalized simply for using the restroom.” Again, it is unclear if conservatives will continue to fight back in favor of gender-policing.
Everyone! Go pee wherever you want in celebration of this great news!