Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Reaffirms Support for North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill”

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Attorney General Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement of support for North Carolina’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice, which claims the federal government overstepped its authority by demanding North Carolina grant protections to transgender individuals.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory sued the Obama administration in District Court Monday morning, asking for an injunction over the Justice Department’s demand that his state stop implementing House Bill 2, which some call the “bathroom bill.” Moments after the suit was filed, Paxton released a statement siding with McCrory.

“One’s sex is a biological fact, not a state of mind, and this threat to North Carolina is the latest in a long series of efforts by an unaccountable federal executive branch,” Paxton said in a press release.

The statement comes after Paxton’s letter to Target Co. last week, in which Paxton responded to a company policy that allows transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. In the letter, Paxton said the Texas Legislature may address the issue for the “protection of women and children” at a later date.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch compared House Bill 2 to the Jim Crow Laws at a press conference Monday. During the conference, Lynch announced that the Justice Department filed a suit against North Carolina, challenging McCrory’s suit.

“This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms; this is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens," Lynch said.

Steve Rudner, board chairman of the advocacy group Equality Texas, responded to Paxton, saying "The Attorney General wishes to bring North Carolina’s problems, boycotts and codified discrimination to Texas."

"Paxton is on the wrong side of the law again and wasting taxpayer dollars to further his own extremist agenda,” Rudner said.