A top Republican lawmaker in North Carolina said the state would not be “bullied” by the U.S. Justice Department into meeting a Monday deadline to change a new law regulating which bathrooms transgender people can use.
Socially conservative Republicans are at an advantage on the state level: the party holds 31 governorships across the country and 68 of 98 state legislatures. In 23 states, Republicans control both the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers.
The state legislators — instigated mostly by Republican members — are obsessed with women and girls’ use of the bathroom. They’re freaked out that someone who was born male but who now identifies as female could wind up in the neighboring stall.