North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch over their recent ruling that HB2 violates Title VII.

The Governor released the following statement via a press release:

“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.”

The lawsuit claims “Transgender status is not a protected class under Title VII.” “I’m taking this initiative to ensure that North Carolina continues to receive federal funding until the courts resolve this issue,” said the Governor.

The Governor also took to twitter:

In a press conference, Governor McCrory claimed the Federal Government is incorrectly interpreting the law and claims the suit is to gain clarification from the courts. The Governor also called on Congress to act on the transgender bathroom issue once and for all. “This is not just a North Carolina issue, it is a United States issue” said McCrory. He cited Houston’s HERO law as a precedent to HB2. He also blamed the Charlotte Council’s anti-discrimination ruling as the root cause that lead to HB2 being created.

Governor McCrory also claimed that he asked the Federal Government for 2 weeks time to respond to their recent ruling on HB2 and was only given 3 days because he would not make a statement denouncing the legislation. He has also been outspoken saying their are no laws which define gender or gender identity.

“This law provides no benefit to society – all it does is harm innocent Americans.”  – Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Just hours later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a counter suit filed by the US Department of justice. “This law provides no benefit to society – all it does is harm innocent Americans.” said Lynch in her statement. She then went on to speak directly to the transgender community:

Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself.  Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that  we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side. This country was founded on a promise of equal rights for all, and we have always managed to move closer to that promise, little by little, one day at a time.  It may not be easy – but we’ll get there together.

Watch the entire statement courtesy of CNN here:

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Well this is it in what will be the final showdown on HB2. This will also set a precedent for other states in the nation. We are all tired of the bathroom issue; however it is necessary that we fight this battle. If ruled in our favor it could bring sweeping change throughout the United States. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was great despite a small stumble here and there. She was forceful and direct. Her statement directly to our community gave me chills. It was amazing to see a public political figure stand up for us in that way. It was powerful. I am happy that we have her representing us in our fight for equality.