Gov. McCrory faults “political left” as US Justice Department issues warning over HB2 (video)

Governor Pat McCrory says his administration is still studying a letter from the U.S. Justice Department that found House Bill 2 violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act and Title IX, threatening billions in federal education funding that comes to North Carolina.

The governor told those attending an event hosted by the N.C. Chamber Wednesday that the DOJ letter amounts to federal overreach by the Obama Administration, with the potential to impact every state.

Later in the day, his press office released the following statement from Gov. McCrory:

“A claim by the Obama administration charges that one part of House Bill 2, which requires state employees in public government buildings and students in our universities to use a restroom, locker room and shower facility that match their biological sex, is now in violation of federal law. The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.

“The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”

Click below to watch Gov. McCrory discuss the state’s next steps in defending the so-called bathroom bill. Read the DOJ letter here.

Learn more about House Bill 2 here.



  1. Pertains!

    May 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

    This did not come out of no where. It only occurred because of passing HB2.
    Amazing that McCrory claims it was a planned conspiracy by Obama and the “left”.
    It would have never occurred if this law had not been passed.
    Should not try and force your “religious” opinions on others.
    How much more money will be spent trying to defend illegal laws that current NC politicians have passed?

  2. WeighIn

    May 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, Gov, Wow!

    There may well have been conspiracy, as in a conservatively held reactionary conspiracy to resist a social norm-change that has arrived BECAUSE it’s time, not before its time.

    You should know, too, Dear Governor, that I’d be more impressed with your “calling out” of “the left”, if you were at all effective in your outcallings of “the right”. This stance I see as your recalcitrance is simply standing in the way of the best kind of common sense: an evolving sense for the common good with care not to leave any “sort” of people out of the benefits of citizenship. HB2, by effect of more than one of its provisions, tries to deny rights guaranteed under the spirit of the founding language of this country. And, yes, that is my interpretation of those core documents.

    BTW, you should be very familiar with super pacs maneuvering to influence for state offices, it seems to me.

  3. Fox Watson

    May 5, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    The Governor calling the Federal Government enforcing a law that been on the books for years ‘overreach’? No, that’s what the NCGA and the Governor did when they destroyed redress of discrimination claims through the state court system. Overreach is what they did by including a ban on city’s not having ordinance authority to raise minimum wages! Overreach is what they did by creating a solution to a problem that never existed before HB2!

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