BREAKING: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper Refuses To Defend Against LGBT Rights Lawsuit

Minutes ago Buzzfeed News reported that Democratic North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will not defend the constitutionality of his state’s newly-enacted anti-LGBT law. Cooper is running for governor against incumbent Pat McCrory, who has issued lie-filled statements in support of the law, which excludes LGBT citizens statewide from all discrimination protections. Story developing. See the tweets below from Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden.

VIDEO: Last week Cooper released a clip in which he denounced the bill.

UPDATE: The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Equality North Carolina react.

“North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, the state’s top law enforcement official, has concluded House Bill 2 is unconstitutional and harms North Carolinians without justification. As our lawsuit highlighted yesterday, House Bill 2 singles out the LGBT community for discrimination. That’s not only incompatible with the state’s constitutional and legal obligations but also our shared values as North Carolinians. We’re grateful the Attorney General stands on the on the right side of history with the many cities, states, businesses and individuals who have come out against this harmful measure.”

  • millers3888

    Nice

  • JesterRedPanda

    welp, we win!

  • CQCQCQ

    Hero.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Rolling out the large popcorn maker.

  • vorpal

    Thank you, Roy Cooper.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Well, that just made my whole morning.

  • sam

    The Governor and his pals in the Senate with most likely hire Liberty Council to assist them in future court cases that will certainly come.

    • oikos

      You get what you pay for: Liberty Counsel represents its ‘clients’ pro bono.

      • pj

        thats because that is all they are worth

        • oikos

          i was thinking less. 😉

  • StillALiberal

    The governor election will be very interesting – a toss up according to all three polls taken so far this year. Gotta watch closely to see how HB2 changes the race.

  • oikos
    • Dramphooey

      He’s at home … washing his tights!

  • FAEN

    I love how the NC GOP are accusing him of not doing his job. Really? Passing an unconstitutional bill ISNT doing your jobs you tea bagger scum.

    • ColdCountry

      You mean like they are not doing their jobs in Washington with confirmation hearings for the SCOTUS? Laughable idiots!

      • Librarykid

        Just today, it cost the bigots a Supreme Court decision on public sector labor unions brought be an anti-gay teacher. I wonder if the rethugs will have a change of heart.

        • GayEGO

          Tee hee! I hope Mitch McConnell is screaming about this loss. There may be more lower court rulings in favor of us that will gridlock SCOTUS, causing the lower court rulings to take effect.

      • FAEN

        The list could go on.

  • Sam_Handwich

    will certainly be the most interesting governor’s race this cycle

  • bkmn

    If they have to hire outside lawyers they will have to disclose what they get paid. Hint to the NC Democratic party – use that number in the next election.

    • timncguy

      they had no problem doing it to defend the marriage ban.

      • Todd20036

        Yup, but guess what, the train has left the statement, and LBGT rights are rolling along.
        Put another way, it’s “OK” to be openly against bigotry now.

        • IamM

          And people eventually get tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted again and again on pointless, doomed defense of blatantly indefensible laws.

    • sherman

      That will piss off a lot of voters who would feel that Cooper was costing the state money by not doing his job. Whether that is a net plus or minus is debatable. I tend to think people in the middle would blame Cooper, even if they were against the law..

      • Hank

        Perhaps he should “defend” it in court…. then point out why it is Unconstitutional!!!

        • Lady_Nhytefall

          Technically, he can’t. If he represents the state in court, he is legally bound to defend the bill against challengers.It would be professional misconduct for him to do otherwise in court.

        • Nic Peterson

          Nah, history is never kind to folks that defend obviously unconstitutional laws and lose.

      • Christopher Smith

        Oh, as opposed to the multitudes of voters who already feel that the clowns in the NC legislature have cost the state millions with their homophobic charades? Nothing about this is anything but a plus, to say the least. The Democrats should beat the Rethugs to a pulp with this and similar weapons.

        • sherman

          The “multitudes of voters” elected this legislature.

          I wish I had your optimism that voters would react rationally. They re-elected Brownback in Kansas, Snyder in Michigan, Skeletor in Florida, hell they even re-elected the war criminal Bush.

          • StillALiberal

            The NC legislature has been gerrymandered which makes it hard for the Democrats to beat the GOP. In statewide elections its more of an even race. Roy Cooper has won FOUR statewide elections as AG, he will have some idea how this will playout in his state.

          • timncguy

            IIRC, last election, the dems got more votes overall for legislative seats. But, the gerrymandering is so great that the Rs have super majorities in both the house and the senate. Just think about how dramatic the gerrymandering must be to accomplish that!

            On second thought, this may be the data for the US house and not state legislature. Still pretty bad

          • sfbob

            I believe that both the US House AND the state legislature have been gerrymandered to the point of absurdity. That is the standard strategy when the GOP gains control of a state legislature in a census year.

          • The_Wretched

            And the SCOTUS upheld gerrymandering when it was challenged in 2003 or so (Texas, League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry).

          • StillALiberal

            I checked that and the Dems won 44% in 2014 but only got 3 out of 13 US House seats (23%) – thats pretty heavy gerrymandering! Not sure about state legistature but I guess it was something similiar.

          • sherman

            Jack Conway was AG of Kentucky for 8 years, and lost the governor’s race to Kim Davis’s best friend. And Kentucky hasn’t implemented all the voter suppression that NC has.

            I applaud your optimism.

          • StillALiberal

            I don’t think its in the bag but hopefully a strong turnout and a good campaign can beat McCrory – the fact that it takes place in a presidential year makes it better than the Kentucky comparsion, but again fingers crossed!

          • Cattleya1

            As usual, the Dems did not show up to vote… Bevin was elected by about 11% of the eligible voters. I am so ashamed to have grown up there.

          • Christopher Smith

            No, dark money and gerrymandering elected this rump parliament. Yes, if Democrats don’t vote, we’re doomed to more of the same. If they vote, finally, this will stop.

          • sherman

            Keep making excuses and living in your bubble.

          • Christopher Smith

            Keep posting negative and reductive drivel.

          • sherman

            I.e., Facts, and opinions that differ from yours.

          • Christopher Smith

            I.e. negative, reductive drivel, and insults for anyone who differs from you and proves you wrong. 🙂

          • SelectFromWhere

            sherman, how much do you ACTUALLY know about NC politics? Yes, the Leg is very gerrymandered, but statewide races tend to go Democratic, ESPECIALLY in Presidentail years. McCrory is very much an exception; there have only been two previous Republican governors in a long long time and the most recent one was in the 1980s. He only won because the Democratic incumbent last time was a weak governor and had a scandal attached to her, so she pulled out of the race very late, leaving a nobody candidate; almost all other statewide races still went D even as McCrory won in 2012. But the electorate has gotten bluer AND many who voted McCrory wish they had not (you see letters to the editor all the time from such people).
            He is a tool who had no idea this would blow up the way it has, and is stammering his way into laughingstock. Throw in Trump on the ticket and plenty of GOP won’t vote at all next time.

            The odds are definitely in favor of McCrory losing. (Thank God) Cooper is a very strong candidate, never mind the tide right now.

          • wilmbear

            No the republican jurimandured districts one them the election they rewrote the districts to favor republicans

          • sherman

            And now you not only have the “jurimandured districts” but you also have terrible voter suppression laws. Good luck.

          • Bruno

            Not to mention, and I hate to say, an issue that played very much against us in the most recent big vote in Houston. This could become a referendum on trans rights, with McRory on the other side and Cooper on ours.

          • SelectFromWhere

            Actually not–gerrymanders elected this legislature.

      • chasmader

        How do you feel about paying for the cost of calling the legislature back for a special session, just to ram this bill through. Hypocrisy cuts both ways.

        • sherman

          The Republicons have done a good job of scaring people about predators in the bathroom. I imagine $42,000 is such a drop in the bucket that people “protecting the children” don’t care.

          • GayEGO

            They have arrested more Republican legislators for sexual misconduct in bathrooms then they have trans people. Check it out.

      • GayEGO

        The truth is that Cooper is trying to save the taxpayers a lot of money that will otherwise be spent on the lawsuits caused by this antI-LGBT law. This already happened in IDAHO and other states that had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay the pro-LGBT lawyers.

    • GayEGO

      And explain it to the NC taxpayers that the payments will be on them.

    • IamM

      And people eventually get tired of seeing their tax dollars wasted again and again on pointless, doomed defense of blatantly indefensible bigotry.

  • Alan43

    Interesting

  • what i’d like him to say is this: “The office to which I have been entrusted focuses on crimes that hurt all of NC. In that spirit I’d like to remind the taxpayers and voters that’s what I think their money is for, when it comes to this office. When I say the state must hire an outside legal office if they wish to pursue this further, I hope you’ll remember what that costs, in addition to what you’re already spending on the AG. If I’m elected, that money will be spent instead on the prevention of real crime.”

  • TheSeer

    And in the other great news for this Tuesday is this one: the supreme bigot Antonin Scalia is still DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.

    • Todd20036

      And his vacant seat is really hurting the goobers

      • Tempus Fuggit

        I’d say his vacant seat is probably deeply thankful.

    • Christopher Smith

      Thank you, JAHAYZUSS!!!!

  • Rocketeer500

    Well, there you have it folks, the state AG just sent a big FU to the governor.

    Pass the popcorn.

    • melllt

      The best part is the AG is running for Governor. I just threw a few bucks his way. Feel free to join me.

      roycooper.com

      • Nathan Aaron

        I did as well earlier this week! Roy Cooper HAS to win this November, so we can take our state BACK! #OneTermPat

    • GayEGO

      Right on! Too Funny! I am expecting the NC GOPs are going to cave rather than losing a lot of money from businesses that boycott them.

  • Chucktech

    “North Carolina AG Cooper says he will encourage the state to hire outside lawyers to defend anti-LGBT law.”

    Weee, that sounds pricey!

    • Steverino

      Let’s hope they hire Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, Thomas More, et.al. The state will lose both their money, and their case.

    • Bruno

      He shouldn’t even encourage the governor and/or legislature. Just let them do what they want. By encouraging them, it makes it look like he’s fine with the state having to pay to defend the law, when he should just be making the point that it’s a waste of money.

  • kelven

    It is so refreshing to see this attitude beginning to solidify at the national level. I also enjoy the apoplectic responses by the privileged babies who continue to whine that their tantrums are no longer effective.

  • WhoDat

    I like politicians with principles. They’re a rare breed.

  • teeveedub

    Exclusive footage of McCrory’s political career;

    • GayEGO

      Too funny! Great video! :>)

  • Rex

    Get out your checkbook NC. It’s gonna cost ya.

  • jimbo65

    Will the feckless legislators now rush to a special session to pass a law saying that the AG cannot refuse defending the State?

    • Christopher Smith

      Why not? They do nothing but pass illegal laws and their very own brand of Christofascist Nazi tracts….

  • Phil2u

    Please give us Roy Cooper! Please!

  • 2karmanot

    This calls for Caramel popcorn AND Jujubes.

    • Robincho

      Dots™, please. Dots™…

  • Ninja0980

    He is running for governor this fall.

  • Christopher Smith

    Riotous comedy that the haploid morons who squander endless taxpayer dollars on their little hate crusades are accusing the AG , who is acting according to the LAW, of not doing HIS job.

  • Paula

    North Carolina haters, payback is a motherfucker!!!!

  • TheManicMechanic

    When all is said and done, everyone involved in creating, passing, enforcing and supporting these ugly laws need to be monetarily punished, essentially made examples of, in order to prevent this shit from constantly appearing like poison mushrooms after a rainstorm. Make it hurt.

    • Could the ACLU name those that voted the law in as co-defendants in their case agaisnt NC?

      • Octavio

        Great idea.

      • timncguy

        i think elected officials are immune

        • Thanks! But shoot, that would have been a most excellent solution to stop these RFRA laws from being voted into law.

      • TheManicMechanic

        In a fair, sane world, perhaps.

    • David L. Caster

      I think the particular variety of hater we are dealing with here is some new kind of masochist.

    • Won’t happen. By the time this lawsuit gets to SCOTUS, the hacks in the legislature will have retired to a golf course in Scottsdale, where they’ll be calling the citizens they impoverished ‘losers’.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    They’ll get the Liberty Counsel to represent them. And everyone knows they make it up as they goes along.

  • Billy Billiamson

    There will be bitching and moaning about ‘not doing his job’ from assholes, but they’ll fail to realize he IS doing his job by refusing to defend this in court. A lawyer is ethically required to defend their client to the fullest extent of their abilities AND if they cannot do so, they are ethically required to stand aside to allow another to provide the defense.

    • canoebum

      Did the legislature bother to consult with the AG before passing this monstrosity into law? I rather doubt they did.

      • Billy Billiamson

        They had no time, they were too busy thinking about children’s genitals

    • I’m terrible with facebook memes, can someone who isn’t an old like me come up with a “not doing his job? payback’s a bitch!” graphic of Cooper?

      • Mike in NC

        How’s this, for starters?

  • Robert Conner

    Now THIS is hilarious. The AG can run against McCrory by (1) pointing out that McCrory has exposed North KKKarolina for the bass ackwards neo-Confederate shit swamp that it is and (2) that his pandering to his choir of church ladies has cost North KKKarolina millions to billions in revenue. How gratifying the the LGBT gun the Republicans have used since the Reagan era has now become the weapon they use to shoot themselves in the face.

  • John P.

    More Sadz on the way!

  • edrex

    Send money to this man’s gubernatorial campaign, STAT!

  • edrex

    I can’t wait to hear Governor Whatshisfuck complain the the AG is “Politicizing ” this issue.

  • Bill Harnsberger

    So the question becomes: will North Carolina do a better job beating back the “bathroom predators” argument than Houston did? If you forced me to predict, I’d say this just won McCrory his reelection.

    • edrex

      Maybe,maybe not, but Cooper is showing some integrity and allows some clear lines to be drawn on this issue. Also the entire state economy is hopefully being punished rather than a single (albeit large) city.

      • Bill Harnsberger

        I agree. Totally in his corner, and I look forward to seeing how this plays out. Going up against a non-existent pedophile boogieman bathroom stalker as an opponent is a real challenge. That’s what I fucking hate about Republicans most: they can villify anyone or anything, and their followers will freak out accordingly.

        • edrex

          Yep. See: Helms, Jesse.

    • lymis

      George Wallace served four terms, and history finally steamrollered right over him, too

      • Bill Harnsberger

        Your lips to God’s ears. I look forward to the day when this current gaggle of horrible Republican governors (including our own knuckledragger Paul LePage) leave office.

    • Macbill

      Who knew N.C. had a problem with hetero men trying to get into a bathroom to rape and molest girls?

    • Circ09

      My question is when are we going to see “intersectionality” come to play. Where are the labor leaders fighting for a fair minimum wage and the ability to sue for employment grievances? Where are the veteran and homeless advocates? In this election year, this is the perfect storm of a bill to unite a broad coalition against Republican politicians that use their office to ram through harmful pet issues. Yet, I am just not seeing that kind of momentum.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Oh, hey, wait wait, don’t tell me, I know this one: AG’s assessment of the law is ignored and denounced. State hires outside attorneys. Outside attorneys charge large fees. State loses. Taxpayers on hook for large attorney fees. Republicans blame gays.

    • boatboy_srq

      Hopefully the potential price tag for the defense – along with the lost business – will be enough to make McCrony call a halt.

    • Blake Jordan

      It is all our fault for accepting this new law setting back LGBT+ rights in several North Carolina cities / towns / …

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      One minor correction:
      “State hires outside attorneys Governor’s buddies. Outside attorneys Governor’s buddies charge large fees.

    • Jimmie Z

      The Gay Lobby™ may as well just go ahead and engrave this in stone. I have proofread it, and wouldn’t change so much as a comma. It will make a grand corner stone. Call the masons!

  • Ninja0980

    Remember that the AG of Wisconsin refused to defend the domestic partnership law from the lawsuit the bigots filed against it because he agreed with them so this isn’t new.

    • MrSkippy

      No but just like every other topic it’ll be screamed about by the GOP twats as being discriminatory or some such shit.

      They’ll even probably pull out some damn “DO YOUR JOB” bullshit while failing to see the amazing hypocrisy of supporting the Senate for not have SCOTUS hearings or the fact that they probably lauded the Wisconsin AG for being brave and standing up for their rights/need to put other people down.

  • boatboy_srq

    “North Carolina AG Cooper says he will encourage the state to hire outside lawyers to defend anti-LGBT law.”

    Very VERY shrewd move. Not only will HB2 cost NC businesses, but defending it will be that much more expensive because the state AG won’t be involved with the defense.

    It will be interesting – and very telling – whether FRC, FoF, and the rest of the Reichwing hate machine cough up funds to help defend this monstrosity they helped push through.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Ooh! Ooh! Liberty Counsel! They have a great track record!

      • Librarykid

        YES! Hire them. They will take your money for doing essentially nothing beneficial.

    • John T

      A hundred Liberty University law school grads are already window-shopping for upgrades to their BMWs.

      • Jimmie Z

        I hear grapefruit-shooters improve horsepower.

  • metrored

    I wonder how many of Cooper’s aides used the term ‘slam dunk’ when suggesting this move.

  • Macbill

    Perhaps Attorney General Roy Cooper believes in a God who doesn’t discriminate, and, Like Kim Davis’ gay marriage imbroglio, refuses to participate in discrimination.

  • Octavio

    I love how they’re claiming “One of the greatest governor’s races in the country!” Bull-fucking-shit. North Carolina, despite it’s own self-image as a BIG player is just another small, backwater southern state. There’s an old political/cultural saying which continues to be very true: “As goes California so goes the Nation.”

    • johncAtl

      Surprisingly NC is #9 in gross state product, so it is big in business. Unsurprisingly CA is #1.

      • Bruno

        NC is also #9 in overall population.

      • Octavio

        They are certainly proving themselves to be the current biggest state for gross hate and conniving. I’ll give you that. 🙂

  • kirtanloorii

    One bill to rule them all. One bill to find them. One bill to bring them all into darkness bind them. In the land of North Carolina where the shadows lie.

    • MBear

      I’d rather travel to Mordor than NC

  • David Walker

    Obviously, there will be piles of anger about this, but do you think anyone will start feeling shame? PA’s AG refused to defend our anti-marriage law because she said it was unconstitutional. The taxpayers forked over a ton of money to the law firm of a friend of the governor and lost (Judge Jones “dustbin of history” ruling). The governor wisely decided not to appeal. So, will people start coming around?

  • JoyZeeBoy

    So there *is* someone in NC government who has an ounce of common sense? I’m impressed. And relieved.

  • Queequeg

    Kudos to him for doing the right thing, or, more correctly, not doing the wrong thing.

  • Steven Leahy

    Good for him. Doesn’t make their dickwad governor look very good when his own AG is against him.

    Honestly – didn’t these people see this same sequence of events/response to all the other states that enacted or tried to enact these? Did they anticipate the response to NC doing it would somehow be different?

    • Librarykid

      It’s not just love that is blind; hate is, too.

    • MBear

      Ignorance runs deep

  • JailhouseRob

    I must respond to Roy Cooper’s statement that Governor McCrory did this for political gain. He mainly did it because he is a bigot. Prior to becoming governor, McCrory was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years, where his bigotry and animosity towards LGBT citizens was well known.

    • customartist

      Very correct

  • John T

    “Constitutionality” is for fags. Real ‘Muricans know that if God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!

  • Mike in Texas

    Oh good … Liberty Counsel can now add this to their impressive string of legal losses.

    • customartist

      Would that be Child-Abducting Liberty Counsel?

  • J S

    The shit has officially hit the fan in North Carolina.

  • StraightGrandmother

    However, we must always remember that in 2012, 62% of North Carolina Voters pass the very last State Constitutional Amendment in the country banning civil marriage for sexual minorities.
    I remember particularly Joe and Jeremy Hooper ober at Good As You working so hard on that campaign. They would run even like 8 ro 10 articcles in a single day on the ca,paign to enshrine discrimination into that State’s Constitution.

    And in Kentucky the voters voted in the anti gay guy who supported Kim Davis.

    It will be very interestimg how the NC governors election comes out.

    • JCF

      Times have changed a LOT in (will be) 2 and a half years, SG. Plus, NC will SEE the financial blowback on this by then!

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        But, but, but… Lila Sanacore from Prayerful Touch Massage and Gretchen and Tate from God’s Glamorous Girls, prominent NC businesses, support the law. 😏

  • customartist

    Why would he also recommend hiring outside lawyers?

    Why not just recommend conceding?

    • Reality.Bites

      Because he knows they won’t.

  • JCF
  • Jerry
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Boom!

  • Jeff Putterman

    I dig this shit.

  • billbear1961

    Bravo, Mr. Cooper!

    Glad to see that the highest LAW-enforcement official in NC loves the Constitution and will NOT defend a blatantly fascist attack upon it!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwUAxn7h14I

  • SelectFromWhere

    He’s also running against McCrory for governor–please throw some coins his way

    http://www.roycooper.com/

  • Mary Ann Cooke

    I’m unclear why everybody is up in arms about this. The Governor acted in good faith to prevent harm to children. The PC police are jumping on this bandwagon, claiming that the civil rights of the transgender crowd are being threatened; however, I would argue that (1) choosing to toilet in a place that does not match your biological identity is not a civil right; and (2) protecting a child’s right to be safe, which is indeed a civil right, trumps any claims you may imagine that you have. Only a society that routinely murders its unborn children could be so blind, wretched, and lost that they would choose to place innocent children in harm’s way. #HelpNotHarm

  • MarkB

    As a Brit I have to tell you that Attorney General Roy Cooper is wrong. It is not a national embarrassed but an international embarrassment. My country has now issued a travel advisory against people travelling to NC!