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Loretta Lynch Speaks At Justice Dep't Event Commemorating Martin Luther King

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U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch held a press conference yesterday to announce that the Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the University of North Carolina. Lynch and the DOJ did this in answer to a suit filed earlier in the day by the state of North Carolina against the DOJ, which was the state’s reply to the federal government’s call for it to rethink law HB2 – the so-called “bathroom bill”. HB2 requires transgender people to use the bathroom facilities that match the sex on their birth certificate. A measure that the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ says violates federal civil rights laws.

Lynch was clear in her stance, stating that  “This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them – indeed, to protect all of us. And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country – haltingly but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.”

Check out her full response here: