Citizen group drops lawsuit over North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

A billboard put up by Planting Peace after North Carolina passed HB2 is raising eyebrows in the Tar Heel state.

A billboard put up by Planting Peace after North Carolina passed HB2 is raising eyebrows in the Tar Heel state. Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A citizens group has dropped its lawsuit defending a North Carolina law that limits LGBT rights and requires transgender people to use bathrooms in many public buildings matching the sex on their birth certificate.

North Carolinians for Privacy filed a notice Wednesday that it was dismissing its case, one of several pending in federal court.

The state’s Republican leaders are continuing to defend the law in two other cases. A trial is scheduled for November.

Lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom represented the group. The alliance said in a statement that it’s shifting to a supporting role.

The so-called HB2 law requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings matching the sex on their birth certificate, not their gender identity. It also limits other antidiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

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