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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory faces Monday deadline on LGBT law

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BY NBC NEWS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

North Carolina faces a Monday deadline to scrap a controversial law regarding access to public bathrooms or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Gov. Pat McCrory was given until Monday to notify the Justice Department that he would not enforce House Bill No. 2, which the federal government says limits protections for LGBT people. The measure has drawn a firestorm of protest from across the country.

Related: Justice Department Says N.C. Law Violates Civil Rights

McCrory has shown no signs of backing down, saying on Sunday: "It's the federal government being a bully. It's making law." The Justice Department, he added, is "trying to define gender identity, and there is no clear identification or definition of gender identity."

McCrory wouldn't disclose how the state would respond in writing.

"I'm looking at all my options," he said.

McCrory said he had made a request for more time to respond to the federal government, but that was denied.

The governor and other state officials have been under pressure since the Justice Department warned last week that the law passed in March violates civil rights protections against sex discrimination on the job and in education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

In letters, federal civil rights enforcement attorneys focused on provisions requiring transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their biological sex. A federal lawsuit against the state is possible, the Justice Department said.

The divisive new law has led to a nationwide fallout, and multi-billion-dollar companies continue to withdraw investment from the state as some residents decamp to "friendlier" locations. Founders and chief executives of more than a hundred companies — including Apple, Twitter and Alphabet — urged McCrory to repeal the legislation, while high-profile entertainers like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have canceled appearances in North Carolina.

If the federal government yanked funding, the 17-campus UNC system could lose more than $1.4 billion in public money. Another $800 million in federally backed loans for students who attend the public universities also would be at risk if it's found that enforcing the law violates Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on sex.

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