“Sue you. Sue Me.” – almost a Lionel Ritchie song
“Mi casa will sue su casa.” – Gov. Pat McCrory. Actually he didn’t say that, but it’s what he kind of he said.
In a move that only NC’s GOP powers could play in this chess game of legality, the state is taking the feds to court over the HB2 law that the Department of Justice declared a violation of civil rights.
And it’s McCrory who is having to defend it in the national spotlight, whether he wants to or not. In his press conference on May 9th (where he did not entertain questions), McCrory made some rather interesting comments concerning the actions of North Carolina’s government.
One was when he blamed Charlotte for causing “major privacy concerns about males entering female facilities and females entering male facilities.” Before we start on the slippery slope that McCrory so much likes to skid down, it was another quote the day before that garnered more of my attention.
He said on a FOX News interview on Sunday, May 8th, “This is no longer just a North Carolina issue. This is a basic change of norms that we’ve used for decades throughout the United States of America and the Obama administration is now trying to change that norm — again not just in North Carolina, but they’re ordering this to every company in the United States of America — starting tomorrow I assume, or Tuesday.”
I would like to know what “norms” the governor is referring to. Because when we talk about “norms” in the United States, the biggest norm that exists now is that change inevitably comes, especially when more and more people fight for the rights guaranteed by their Constitution.
When actions are based on assumptions, there will come a time when reality and knowledge will require a change.
When the governor talked about norms did he remember:
- It was normal at one time when sodomy laws existed in almost all states.
- It was normal at one time to own slaves.
- It was normal at one time when women were not allowed to vote.
- It was normal at one time to discriminate against people of other races, creeds, and religions.
CNN.com provided an introspective video narrative entitled “Us + public bathrooms? It’s complicated” when talking of NC’s reaction to the DOJ. It traced the nature of society’s view of public facilities in the past 150 years. From the cholera outbreaks of the 1800’s to issues of gender to the Jim Crow laws through the HIV scare and then culminating in the 1990 law that made public restrooms handicapped accessible, the video shows something that McCrory seems to misunderstand.
And that is that the “norm” in America is that things change when we get over assumptions and baseless fears.
Ironically, the Department of Justice announced a lawsuit in return and since Roy Cooper has already provided legal counsel when he said that HB2 was not defensible, the governor is using tax payer money to fund a private attorney’s office based in South Carolina, specifically Butch Bowers from Columbia.
Yep, Columbia. That Columbia. In South Carolina. The same city that already has in place the very ordinance to protect the LGBT community that Charlotte supposedly modeled their ordinance after.
So, if I get this correct, Gov. McCrory is spending tax payer money to fund an out-of-state lawyer who will defend a law that targets LGBT people when he himself is living in a town that actively does not discriminate the very people he will litigate against?