This article first appeared on CBS News.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday it was taking legal action against California Gov.
Gavin Newsom for violating a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment.
It’s the latest in a string of legal challenges against the state by conservative activists, who have claimed that transgender people are criminals and need to be “excluded from public facilities, schools and businesses,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Lawyers for the governor have asked a federal judge in California to declare Newsom’s law unconstitutional, saying the governor is violating federal law, according to a filing.
Newsom, a Democrat, has defended his state’s law as “the law of the land.”
He called the legal action “a clear violation of the U. S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws.”
“While I am very disappointed in the outcome of the Supreme Court case, the court has already reaffirmed that we should be protecting all Americans from discrimination and we must defend the dignity of every person, regardless of their gender identity,” Newsom said in a statement.
“We believe that the Governor’s decision to use discrimination as a justification for a sweeping policy of discrimination is a flagrant violation of his duties as Governor,” Newsman said.
Newsom has defended the law, saying it is meant to protect transgender people who are transgender.
He has also said it’s an important issue for society, and the law is based on the concept of gender identity.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge the fact that people are coming out of the closet and there is this stigma associated with coming out,” Newsam said in April.
“People are afraid to come out and the issue is a lot bigger than just a legal issue.”ABC News’ Matt Schlozman contributed to this report.