Earlier today, news broke that North Carolina's state government filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for their intervention in the state's so-called bathroom bill. Last week, the Department of Justice called for North Carolina's government to remedy the bill's restriction of transgender individuals' choice in their use of public restrooms. North Carolina responded by suing the DOJ and Attorney General Lynch for what they called "a baseless and blatant overreach". The DOJ is counter-suing, seeking an injunction to block implementation of the state bill.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has been the target of both criticism and praise for his defense of the bathroom bill. Critics protest Gov. McCrory's decision to sue the federal government claiming it will burn millions of tax-payer dollars in order to protect what they see as a fundamentally discriminatory bill. Supporters of the Governor's decision suggest the issue is containing the federal government's reach and avoiding a precedent that will enable federal intervention in state matters in the future.

Less has been discussed about the fundamental ideological divide between the biggest advocates of the bathroom bill and the Department of Justice. We looked at the contribution records of DOJ employees, and those of Loretta Lynch and compared them with Gov. McCrory's political ideology score.

Athough the interpretation of who is infringing on whose rights may vary, the ideological divide between the two camps couldn't be clearer. Is the DOJ overreaching and interfering in a state matter? Or is Gov. McCrory violating the constitutional rights of transgender individuals by pushing a discriminatory bill?

Wherever you stand, you can have real impact in this debate. Gov. McCrory is up for reelection this year. If you think he's doing the right thing, you can give directly to his campaign via the button below. If you want to stop him from getting the bathroom bill enacted, you can donate to his opponent, Roy Cooper, and make sure North Carolina has a Democratic governor for the next 4 years.

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