UNC Board of Governors to hold special session on HB2 developments

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The fight over House Bill 2 continues.

The Department of Justice and North Carolina are now at odds, filing dueling lawsuits over the controversial law Monday.

Tuesday, the UNC Board of Governors will meet for a special session discussing the developments. The UNC system finds itself at the center of this lawsuit, facing a loss of $1.4 billion in federal funding.

System president Margaret Spellings responded to the DOJ Monday afternoon in a letter with the following statement.

“We hope that the Department of Justice appreciates that the university is in a difficult position. The university, created by the state of North Carolina, has an obligation to adhere to laws duly enacted by the state’s General Assembly and governor. So, too, does the university have an equally clear obligation to follow federal law, including federal prohibitions on discrimination.”

Governor Pat McCrory doesn’t believe HB2 is discriminatory. He said it’s time for Congress to get involved to clarify civil rights laws.

“Right now, the Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set basic restroom policies locker room policies and even shower policies for public and private employers,” McCrory said.

The Board of Governors meets to determine its next steps Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill.

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