North Carolina Republicans Wet Themselves Over Feds’ Bathroom Lawsuit

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch looks on after announcing federal action related to North Carolina, at the U.S. Department of Justice, May 9, 2016, in Washington, DC. Led by Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina officials sued the U.S. Justice Department on Monday for challenging the state's law on public restroom access. Last week, the Justice Department stated that North Carolina violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by prohibiting people from using public restrooms that do not match the gender listed on their birth certificates. Governor McCrory, a Republican, has called the Justice Department's stance on the issue 'baseless and blatant overreach.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The state of North Carolina and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed dueling lawsuits on Monday over the state’s “bathroom bill” HB2, which bans trans people from using bathrooms unless it matches the gender on their birth certificate.

The bill’s proponents can’t point to an instance of a trans person harassing anyone in a bathroom, but there is disturbing evidence that GOP legislators spend a lot of time dreaming up bathroom capers involving other people’s genitalia.

North Carolina says this is about more than making it harder for trans people to pee — it’s about a state’s right to be wrong about an issue for ten-to-twenty years longer than the rest of the county.

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