Transgender rights battle returning to North Carolina court

June 24, 2018 - 9:01 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than a year after North Carolina undid its "bathroom bill," a legal battle is simmering over its replacement.

Transgender plaintiffs will argue Monday before a federal judge that the current law enacted as a compromise in March of 2017 continues the harms of its predecessor. Lawyers representing Republican legislative leaders say the case should be dismissed because plaintiffs can't prove the new law is harming them.

That dismissal request, along with one by fellow defendant the University of North Carolina, will be the focus of Monday's hearing.

A group of transgender North Carolinians revised a lawsuit over the original "bathroom bill" to take on the 2017 replacement, saying it continued its predecessor's harms by preventing local officials from passing laws to protect LGBT rights.

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