Today in One Paragraph
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” shortly after the state announced plans to sue the federal government. The ACLU sued the state of Mississippi over a controversial religious freedom law. Donald Trump announced that Chris Christie will lead his White House transition team. And the U.S. Treasury Secretary took a one-day visit to Puerto Rico to highlight the commonwealth’s debt crisis.
North Carolina vs. DOJ Cont’d. Governor Pat McCrory said he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in response to the agency’s letter last week that the state’s recent law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificates violated the Civil Rights Act. McCrory’s suit asks federal courts to declare that the law does not constitute gender discrimination. Hours later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the government will be counter-suing the state. (The Atlantic; The Charlotte Observer)
...And Another Lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Mississippi on behalf of a gay couple over the state’s recently signed religious freedom law, which allows organizations and individuals to deny certain services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. The ACLU says the law discriminates against gay and transgender people, but a spokesman for the state’s governor dismissed the claims, saying the ACLU is “trying to use the federal court system to push its liberal agenda.” (Michael Pearson, CNN)