NC Drops Suit Against DOJ Over Transgender Bathroom Law

By Matthew Bultman (September 19, 2016, 6:01 PM EDT) -- Citing the expense of fighting "duplicative" legal cases, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday withdrew a lawsuit that asked a federal court to uphold a state law that limits transgender state employees' access to restrooms and curbs anti-discrimination protections.

The governor and the U.S. Department of Justice filed dueling suits in May over the controversial law, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates and blocks municipalities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances. The DOJ had previously warned the law violates the Civil Rights Act.

In a three-page filing in the Eastern District of...

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