Justice Department Sues North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Bathroom Law

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over its controversial “bathroom law,” according to the Associated Press.

The Department of Justice is seeking a permanent injunction to block the law and a declaration that the law is discriminatory.

North Carolina had filed its own lawsuit against the Justice Department on Monday over the so-called “bathroom law,” which requires that people use the restroom corresponding to their birth gender. The law, House Bill 2, also prohibits local governments from banning discrimination against LGBT people.

The Justice Department said last week that the law discriminates against transgender people and therefore violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.