North Carolina Attorney General Will Not Defend the Unconstitutional, Anti-LGBT HB2

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2016 • 11:25 am

Today at a press conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, the state’s Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that his office would not defend House Bill 2, the law pushed through during an unprecedented special legislative session of the NC General Assembly that blocks Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance, forbids other municipalities from protecting LGBT people, and requires transgender people to use restrooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate, denying them their personal gender identity.


Attorney General Cooper said the law is unconstitutional and that he could not defend it. He also said that he would join with the North Carolina Treasurer’s office to defend their own non-discrimination policy requiring equal treatment for LGBT people.

Yesterday, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality NC joined together in filing a federal lawsuit against HB2. Read more here.

This development from Attorney General Cooper is the latest in a long week of public outcry to the hasty, mean-spirited passage of HB2. Read more of the latest news on non-discrimination in North Carolina here.

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