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Kim Davis’ lawyers want to defend North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law — for free

A Christian legal aid group is offering to defend a new North Carolina law against a lawsuit challenging its near ban of anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

The group Liberty Counsel offered the General Assembly’s Republican leaders its free labor to defend the case against a federal lawsuit by transgender men and civil rights groups. The group last year represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The North Carolina law prevents local governments from protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants. People also would have to use multi-stall bathrooms that match their birth certificates at state agencies and public schools and universities.

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