WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Obama administration is deciding if federal funding will be pulled from North Carolina over its transgender "bathroom law."
House Bill 2 (HB2) was signed by North Carolina governor Pat McCrory on March 25. Media and LGBT activists are bashing the law, saying it discriminates against LGBT people.
It started when the city of Charlotte enacted legislation saying it's discrimination for businesses to have male and female designations on their restroom doors, allowing anyone who identifies with the opposite sex to use the bathroom of his choice.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest explained in an interview with Radio America that women who had been abused in public bathrooms complained to the state, and lawmakers acted quickly to neutralize the law and make sure laws like that would not be passed again.
The main issue lawmakers had with the Charlotte ordinance was that it allowed anybody to enter any bathroom at any time, only requiring a person to "identify" as a particular gender. Another problem, according to the state constitution, is that the city doesn't have the authority to pass a "public accommodation" law.
Now Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, a native of Charleston, is saying that the nearly $1 billion granted yearly to North Carolina is under review because of HB2. The department of housing and urban development (HUD) is also conducting a review in light of HB2.
Department of education spokeswoman Dorie Nolt said its nearly $4.5 billion in funding for grades kindergarten through 12 are also under review, asserting, "We will not hesitate to act if students' civil rights are being violated."
The White House spoke earlier about HB2, saying,
This Administration is strongly committed to advancing the cause of equality for LGBT Americans and to ensuring that they do not face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love. ... [W]e are concerned about the potential harmful impact of this law, especially on transgender youth, and believe it is mean-spirited and sends the wrong message.
North Carolina's attorney general Roy Cooper says he is refusing to defend Gov. McCrory in a federal lawsuit filed against him and others over HB2. Cooper, a Democrat who will be running for governor of North Carolina, says the law is "a national embarrassment."
McCrory responded, "As the state's attorney, he can't select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend. ... When you are the state's lawyer, you are a lawyer first and a politician second."
Presidential candidate John Kasich said in an interview on Face the Nation that he wouldn't sign a law like HB2 because he thinks it's unnecessary.
"Can't we figure out just how to get along a little bit better and respect one another?" he asked. "Everybody, chill out! ... Get over it, if you have a disagreement with somebody."
LGBT activists are making HB2 out to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but the bill doesn't address anything about people engaging in same-sex relations. Gay activists are also lumping the law together with various "religious freedom" bills voted on or being discussed in different states.
Governor Pat McCrory commented to the Charlotte Observer, "I think the media is connecting the two when there's absolutely no connection whatsoever. ... They're two different issues."