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North Carolina and the Justice Department announced on Monday dueling lawsuits over the state’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which has become the epicenter of a larger fight over transgender rights. The two complaints, filed several hours apart, took opposing sides of the debate over a North Carolina law that bans transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates. While the state said its law did not discriminate against transgender people or treat transgender employees differently from non-transgender employees, the Justice Department’s civil rights office said the measure is discriminatory and violates civil rights.The fight over the “bathroom bill” also marks the latest front in a growing war between the state of the North Carolina and the federal government, which has also sued the state over a law adding several new restrictions on voters. In his lawsuit Monday against the Department of Justice, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) accused the federal government of “baseless and blatant overreach.” The governor has repeatedly defended the state law, which he signed in March, as being what he called a necessary response to a Charlotte city ordinance that expanded civil rights protections for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.