North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on
Friday criticized federal guidelines to public schools on transgender
In a letter Friday, officials from the
Justice and Education departments advised public schools, colleges
and universities to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of
While the issue has been simmering for
years, it came to a boil in North Carolina after the state became the
first to approve a law that requires transgender people to use the
public bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.
Appearing on NPR's All Things
Considered, McCrory reiterated his support for House Bill 2.
“Most people had never heard of this
issue five months ago, until the political left started saying, 'We
need bathroom rules and policies,' not just for government facilities
and schools but also for the private sector,” McCrory said.
In a statement, McCrory called on
Congress to intervene.
“Most Americans, including this
governor, believe that government is searching for a solution to a
problem that has yet to be defined. Now, both the federal courts and
the U.S. Congress must intercede to stop this massive executive
branch overreach, which clearly oversteps constitutional authority,”
North Carolina Senate leader Phil
Berger added in a separate statement: “The last time I checked, the
United States is not ruled by a king who can bypass Congress and the
courts and force school-aged boys and girls to share the same
bathrooms and locker rooms. This is an egregiously unconstitutional
overreach of the president's authority, and North Carolina's public
schools should follow state law which protects our children's safety
Jay Brown, communications director at
the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), criticized the Republican governor
for playing “politics with the lives of transgender students.”
“These guidelines, which teachers and
administrators were requesting, are supported by case law and have
been enforced now for years. In fact, the Fourth Circuit recently
ruled in favor of a transgender student suing his school for exactly
the type of discrimination that is described in this guidance.
Governor McCrory – and any governor who expresses similar
resistance to complying with federal civil rights law – risks not
only losing billions in federal funding but also risks the safety of
students,” Brown said.