N. Carolina Governor withdraws ‘bathroom bill’ lawsuit to save money

FILE - In this May 4, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory make remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C. McCrory has taken a beating from critics over a law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, highlighting what they call the economic harm and reputation it’s causing North Carolina. McCrory is retrying to reshape the narrative heading into a tough re-election campaign by going after the federal government. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory quietly withdrew his lawsuit against the federal government over the state’s anti-LGBTQ law HB2, also known as the “bathroom bill,” on Friday due to concerns over cost and redundancy, the New Civil Rights Movement reports.

Friday’s filing explained that with both parties engaged in another similar legal action over the law, the plaintiffs felt it would be more efficient and cost-effective to drop McCrory v. United States:

In light of the fact that plaintiffs’ claims in this action have now been asserted as counterclaims in the Middle District Case, the substantial costs to the State of litigating similar legal issues in two different judicial districts, and the interests of judicial economy and efficiency, plaintiffs feel compelled to file this notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice.

This doesn’t mean McCrory is backing down, as he is continuing to defend the state’s controversial law and recently asserted that he wouldn’t even consider taking steps to repeal HB2 unless Charlotte reversed its LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance.

Earlier this month, the citizen group North Carolinians for Privacy (represented by the Alliance for Defending Freedom) dropped its lawsuit in support of HB2, saying it would instead take a “supportive” role in the state’s efforts to prevent LGBTQ equality measures.

The so-called “bathroom bill” law requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings matching the sex on their birth certificate, rather than their gender. It also limits other non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, like the ordinance passed in Charlotte.

Read the full filing below. (Courtesy of Equality Case Files.)

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