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Federal bullying in North Carolina

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory announced yesterday his intention to sue the Obama administration over the Department of Justice’s challenge to North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law.

The governor signed a bill earlier this year that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate. The law only applies in government offices, universities, and roadside rest stops, but the Department of Justice demanded McCrory scrap the law or face legal action and a loss of federal funds. They claimed the NC law violates federal civil rights laws, even though no laws exist that address transgender individuals. Now North Carolina faces a tough legal fight as they work to defend their ability to make laws for the people of their state.

The DOJ’s decision to involve itself in state business makes this issue much larger than any one state or law. Self-governance itself is now at stake. Whatever one believes about the transgender issue, liberty-minded individuals should fight back against the federal government’s high-handed, bullying tactics.

And millions of Americans are doing exactly that by supporting an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that secure a state’s ability to determine its own laws and its own future. These amendments can restore the rightful balance of power between the states and the federal government, prohibiting the feds from meddling in state affairs. State citizens and officials shouldn’t have to fear bullying from D.C., and if the Convention of States movement is successful, they won’t have to.