Rep. Maloney Hails U.S. Attorney General Lynch’s Legal Actions Against North Carolina’s Discriminatory House Bill 2
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s announcement that the Department of Justice is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina’s illegal House Bill 2, which imposes discriminatory restroom restrictions, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement in support of the Justice Department’s actions:
“North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is about a lot more than just bathroom access – it is about personal dignity and respect for all our neighbors – regardless of sexual or gender identity. That’s why I strongly support the Attorney General’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state of North Carolina.
“Our country passed landmark protections against such discrimination, and the federal government has an obligation to enforce these rights. As the Justice Department seeks to overturn HB2, the actions of North Carolina’s state government highlight the continued pace of legislative proposals that openly discriminate against the LGBT community. Despite some of the protections afforded by the Civil Rights Act, more comprehensive safeguards are still needed. That is why it is so important that Congress pass the Equality Act, legislation I strongly support that will make certain all Americans receive broad protection from discrimination in housing, employment, education, or public accommodation – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”