More than a month has passed since North Carolina enacted the controversial H.B. 2 (notoriously, the “bathroom bill”). What began as a small discussion about the role of gender in our society has crescendoed into a national debate, and on Wednesday, the Department of Justice reignited that debate, declaring H.B. 2 in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Conservatives argue the law is a common sense measure to protect deeply-entrenched cultural norms. LGBT advocates argue the law marginalizes transgender individuals by reinforcing gender as a binary construct (man/woman) rather than a continuum, as contemporary research suggests.

On this issue, conservatives are right.

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