U.S. Department of Justice Drops Obama-Era Suit Challenging North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped a lawsuit that had been filed last May under the Obama administration in an effort to force the state of North Carolina to allow men who identify as women to use women’s restrooms, and vice versa.

The DOJ filed a notice of dismissal on Friday, citing that the state recently passed House Bill 142, which repealed the law that sparked the lawsuit in the first place.

“In light of the passage of … House Bill 142… the parties in the above-captioned action hereby stipulate that all claims or causes of action against defendants and all counterclaims against plaintiff which were the subject matter of this lawsuit are hereby dismissed with prejudice,” the legal filing read.

As previously reported, last month, Republican lawmakers reached a compromise with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, which they said would still protect bodily privacy and give power to the state to regulate restroom use, while repealing the current “bathroom bill” that had caused controversy.

“State agencies, boards, offices, departments, institutions, branches of government, including the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System, and political subdivisions of the state, including local boards of education, are preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly,” H.B. 142 reads.

The bill, which was signed into law by Cooper the same day as its passage, also prohibits local municipalities from passing restroom regulations until 2020.

The Obama administration had sued the state of North Carolina last May after lawmakers passed H.B. 2, which required those using restrooms in government buildings to use the facilities that correspond with their birth gender. Those who identify as the opposite sex could present a copy of their amended birth certificate.

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But U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asserted that North Carolina was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and filed suit to challenge the regulation.

“[T]he legislature and the governor placed North Carolina in direct opposition to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity,” she said during a news conference.

Then-Gov. Pat McCrory, however, had first sued the Obama administration for trying to force officials to give men who identify as women entrance to women’s restrooms. The Republican governor said that the DOJ is twisting the law to force an agenda.

“I do not agree with their interpretation of federal law. That is why … I have asked a federal court to clarify what the law actually is,” he said. “This is not a North Carolina issue. It is now a national issue.”

In February, the Trump administration withdrew the prior administration’s restroom directives, stating that the guidance issued under the Obama administration did not “contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.”

“This interpretation has given rise to significant litigation regarding school restrooms and locker rooms,” the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice stated.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    President Turmp does what is right again. Boys should not go into girls’ bathrooms and girls should not go into boys’ bathrooms. Period. The Western culture is confused because it has applied the willful sexual sins in the civil rights movements. Being civilized means following the Holy Bible.

    • Tangent002

      You didn’t read the article, did you.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The Feds should not sue states for doing what is right. It’s wrong to include gender identuty in the discrimination matters. People should live out the birth gender, period. Today’s America is mocking the colored people who were REALLY discriminated against in the past. Having darker skin is nothing like being sexually sinful or having a mental illness. USA’s federal laws should be sued for mockery of the colored people. When will you guys stop doing evil?

    • Copyleft

      Not in this country, it doesn’t. We operate by the Constitution, not the Bible.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The Constitution grants religious freedom to Christians. Today’s USA’s forcing of people to endorse homosexuality and transgenderism enslaves all people. The Western whites overdid the civil rights movement by applying the racial equality upon sexual sins. Freedom is a mere tyrannical chaos without morality. People have rights to keep God’s Word and a clear conscience.

        • Copyleft

          …except none of that is true. Nobody’s being ‘forced to endorse’ anything. Morality doesn’t require religion, let alone Christianity… and what you’re advocating is a bible-driven theocracy, which is incompatible with the Constitution and democracy. Christians are free to believe whatever they want–they just can’t force anybody else to agree with them.

          America is not ruled by the Bible at all, much less your personal interpretation of it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. There is no functioning morality apart from the Judeo-Christian value. All others victimize massive number of people one way or another. Post-christian Sodomic West is the grand proof that wholesome morality is non-existent outside of the Christendom.