- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants Congress to clarify U.S. Civil Rights Act protections after President Barack Obama’s administration challenged bathroom provisions in the state’s new law known as House Bill 2.

McCrory’s recent letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders asks them to act in light of Justice Department and Education Department instructions stating the federal law’s protections apply to sexual orientation and gender identity. McCrory disagrees.

The Justice Department has sued McCrory and wants House Bill 2 declared discriminatory. The state law tells transgender people to use public bathrooms identified with the gender on their birth certificates.

McCrory wrote May 18 that congressional inaction has led to a “cloud of uncertainty” nationwide and blamed the Obama administration for a “novel interpretation” of federal law.

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