What follows is the text of a letter sent by Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina, to the Justice Department, making the case that the university–and, by extension all public colleges and universities in the state–have been placed in a very difficult situation by the Department of Justice’s suit on transgender rights and the state of North Carolina’s counter-suit. As state institutions, the universities and colleges cannot ignore state law, but as federally funded institutions, they run great risks in failing to enforce federal rulings.
The letter has been widely reproduced in North Carolina media, as well as some national media, including the Washington Post. I have gotten this copy from the website of ABC channel 11, WTVD-TV, in Raleigh-Durham [http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wtvd/docs/05-09-16-unc-letter-to-doj.pdf].
May 9, 2016
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530
Dear Ms. Gupta,
We write in response to your…
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