Charlotte, N.C., May 5, 2016 / 10:14 am
North Carolina's governor is standing firm against the U.S. Justice Department's claim that it is unlawful and discriminatory to require individuals to use public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers corresponding to their biological sex.
"The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy," said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. "We will be reviewing to determine the next steps."
The governor was responding to a letter from the Justice Department asserting that recent North Carolina legislation is in violation of national civil rights laws.
Known as House Bill 2, the North Carolina law says that in public buildings and schools, people must use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with the biological sex on their birth certificate, rather than their self-perceived "gender identity."