North Carolina has racked up legal bills of over $176,000 (€160,000) fighting challenges to House Bill 2 (HB2), the controversial legislature that bans trans people from using public bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
HB2 – which also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from state anti-discrimination laws – was introduced earlier this year with the support of GOP Governor Pat McCrory. He has blasted critics for attacking his state’s stance, including businesses that have threatened to pull trade.
Last week, the National Basketball Association pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of the state in protest of HB2 – a move McCrory slammed as ‘total PC BS.’
According to a legal review undertaken by Associated Press, law firms representing GOP leaders in the state have charged $129,000 (€117,000) in fees relating to their work defending HB2, while McCrory’s lawyers have billed $47,000 (€42,000).
These charges – to be met by the taxpayer – are only set to rise further as legal disputes concerning HB2 continue.
On Monday, a federal magistrate judge set a 14 November trial date for a US District Judge Thomas Schroeder to hear two lawsuits challenging HB2.
American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal – who are challenging HB2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians, said in a statement last month about the legislation, ‘We are fighting in court for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina because sanctioned discrimination is unacceptable.
‘LGBT North Carolinians and millions around the country are anxious to see an end to these dangerous displays of intolerance.
‘We must repeal HB2 and replace it with full non-discrimination protections for all LGBT people.’
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