Politics & Government

Roy Cooper campaign stands up for CMS over McCrory criticism

Roy Cooper, the attorney general and candidate for governor, has refused to defend the state in court challenges to the law.
Roy Cooper, the attorney general and candidate for governor, has refused to defend the state in court challenges to the law. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Democrat Roy Cooper’s campaign responded Wednesday to Gov. Pat McCrory’s criticism of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ new transgender policy.

On Monday, CMS officials adopted a regulation requiring principals to honor a student’s gender identity in restrooms, locker rooms, yearbooks and graduation ceremonies.

On Tuesday, McCrory’s press secretary said CMS is violating House Bill 2, which requires people in government facilities to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender on their birth certificates.

“This is a perfect example of why HB2 is so harmful to our state,” Cooper spokesman Ford Porter said. “Educators should be able to focus on teaching children, not fighting off accusations from Gov. McCrory about his invasive and discriminatory political mandates. The governor should fix this problem he created by working to repeal HB2.”

Cooper, the attorney general and candidate for governor, has refused to defend the state in court challenges to the law.

There are currently five lawsuits involving HB2, including dueling suits by the U.S. Justice Department against the state and the state against the Justice Department.

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill

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