North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Challenged By Department Of Justice

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that a letter written by the head of the civil rights division of the Justice Department was sent to officials in North Carolina this week, warning that the controversial house bill 2 violates the civil rights of gay and transgender citizens. It also gives state officials a deadline of Monday to confirm the state will not comply with or implement the bill.

House Bill 2, which defines a gender by the sex a person was born as, passed in March in reaction to an extension of an anti-discrimination ordinance which would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identified with.

The letter continues that the bill violates titles nine and seven of the civil rights act, which bars discrimination in education based on sex and bars employers from discriminating.

If the Justice Department’s deadline is not met North Carolina could lose millions in federal school funding.