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New Jersey Family Policy Council Stands with North Carolina & Gov. McCrory
Obama Justice Department Can’t Rewrite the Law

HB2 + DOJ1

(Warren, NJ)  New Jersey Family Policy Council & New Jersey Family First (our legislative and political action arm) commends North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for standing up against unrelenting attacks from big business, the entertainment industry and the American Civil Liberties Union, over its commonsense bathroom policies (HB2). After months of coordinated efforts to bully North Carolina, Gov. McCrory is still not backing down. Even in the face of the biggest bully so far…

On May 4th The Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter to Gov. McCrory claiming North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” HB2, violates federal civil rights laws. According to the DOJ, LGBT rights are limited under HB2. The DOJ believes people should have full access to the bathroom that matches their subjective gender identity.

Further and further, down the rabbit hole we fall…

Using subjective gender identity as the basis for determining bathroom and locker room use, will functionally eliminate sex/gender-specific bathrooms, which ultimately compromise the privacy and safety for all. 

On Monday, on behalf of NC Gov. McCrory filed a lawsuit against the federal government; describing the DOJ’s position as a “baseless and blatant overreach.” “an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the courts.”

There may be three states in between New Jersey and North Carolina, but make no mistake, no amount of distance will keep what’s happening in NC contained; this is “no longer just a North Carolina issue,” Gov. McCrory told Fox News on Sunday.

“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level,” said Governor McCrory.

“They are now telling every government agency and every company that employs more than 15 people that men should be allowed to use a women’s locker room, restroom or shower facility. It’s time for the United States Congress to bring clarity to anti-discrimination provisions.”  

In 1964, under Title VII and 1972 under Title IX Congress banned discrimination “on the basis of sex”. Following news of the DOJ’s accusation that NC has violated civil rights laws, Roger Severino of The Daily Signal had this to say,

“I must say, I’m very disappointed in my former colleagues at the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. They know very well that when Congress banned discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ in 1964 and 1972, it did not mean ‘gender identity’.”

We Stand with North Carolina today and our friends at the North Carolina Family Policy Council, our allied organization in NC; Gov. McCrory announced the state is seeking clarification of federal law in the courts, specifically as it applies to funding under Title VII. New Jersey Family Policy Council supports the governor’s efforts to protect the privacy and safety of women and children. We also strongly oppose the overreach of President Obama and his administration.

The DOJ responded with their own lawsuit against North Carolina, seeking a preliminary injunction to block HB2, and claiming that state entities are violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Acts Amendment of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

President Obama’s bathroom agenda is not just happening in North Carolina. New Jersey may join growing number of U.S. states, including New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Washington and Minnesota, banning state-sponsored travel to North Carolina and other states with controversial gender bathroom legislation.

On Thursday, May 5th the NJFPC went to Trenton in support of North Carolina’s HB2 and on behalf of NJ residents who also want common sense privacy and protection to be upheld in public restrooms. We presented our position on NC’s HB2 and testified against new legislation S2043 at a hearing before a state senate committee. S2043 would ban non-essential state-sponsored travel to states with “religious freedom laws that don’t protect against discrimination of gay and transgender people”, including North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. S2043 passed with a 3-2 vote on partisan lines; it will be scheduled for a hearing before the full NJ state senate. The companion bill to S2043 passed in the state Assembly last month, 54-17.

Even more unsettling than S2043 is the growing number of New Jersey schools that have adopted transgender bathroom policies that will allow transgender students to use the restrooms or locker rooms of their choice, in keeping with their “consistently asserted” gender identity. In addition, the policy outlines protocol for school staff on how to address transgender students; they are instructed to address those students with the names and pronouns according to their consistently asserted gender. The students will also be permitted to dress accordingly.

New Jersey has become fully engaged in this new phase of the culture war that has so deeply divided the United States; and we are now on the frontlines. Please consider standing with us right now in support of North Carolina.  

TAKE ACTIONBe a part of helping Gov. McCrory and our friends in North Carolina:

  1. Please call Gov. McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000. Tell him to stand strong against the Obama Administration’s bullying, and that you stand with him in protecting women & children in NC!
  2. Tweet to Gov. Pat McCrory thanking him for standing strong!  Use his handle: @PatMcCroryNC Use this hashtag: #istandwithpat
  3.  Consider sending Gov. McCrory a thank you card!

NC Governor Pat McCrory

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Thank you for helping our friends in North Carolina as they face incredible pressure from the Obama administration. Their victory is our victory too!

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