North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Wednesday night balked at a letter from the Justice Department informing the state that its new anti-LGBT law violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
McCrory said at an event with business leaders that the letter was “something we’ve never seen regarding Washington overreach in my lifetime,” according to the Charlotte Observer.
“This is no longer just a N.C. issue. This impacts every state, every university and almost every employee in the United States of America,” he added. “All those will have to comply with new definitions of requirements by the federal government regarding restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in both the private and public sector.”
In a Wednesday statement, McCrory said that the governor’s office will review the Justice Department’s letter — the federal government gave North Carolina until Monday to respond.
“The Obama administration has not only staked out its position for North Carolina, but for all states, universities and most employers in the U.S.,” he said in the statement. “The right and expectation of privacy in one of the most private areas of our personal lives is now in jeopardy. We will be reviewing to determine the next steps.”
Republican leaders in the state legislature also blasted the Obama administration for “overreach.”
“It looks an awful lot like politics to me,” House Speaker Tim Moore (R) told reporters, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I guess President Obama, in his final months in office, has decided to take up this ultra-liberal agenda.”
In a Wednesday statement, Moore slammed Obama for trying to “circumvent the will of the electorate and instead unilaterally exert its extreme agenda on the people directly through executive orders, radical interpretations of well-settled common-sense laws and through the federal court system.”
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R) said that the federal government is using “our children and their educational futures as pawns to advance an agenda that will ultimately open those same children up to exploitation at the hands of sexual predators,” according to the Charlotte Observer.