McCrory asks Cooper to oppose transgender bathroom lawsuit

Pat McCrory (file)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Attorney General Roy Cooper has rejected a call by Gov. Pat McCrory to side with a Virginia school district against a discrimination lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that would allow a transgender high school student to use the men’s bathroom.

Multiple media outlets report that McCrory wrote to Cooper last week asking him to join the South Carolina attorney general in an opposing friend-of-the-court brief. Cooper rejected the request Monday.

Cooper campaign spokesman Jamal Little said in a statement:

“Last week Governor McCrory was raising money off people fleeing terror but skipped out on an important security briefing. This week, he’s found another group to politicize. Adolescence is hard enough without being bullied by an elected official. Next week, who knows who’ll be the target of a governor whose only path to re-election is dividing North Carolina.”

Cooper is seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose McCrory next year.

The Virginia student, born female, identifies as male and wants to use male restrooms. The school board adopted a policy last year that requires students to use private restrooms or restrooms designated for their biological sex. The student’s lawsuit was filed in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia.

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