NC leaders ask 4th Circuit for delay in LGBT law appeal


RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican leaders say a federal appeals court should wait for a U.S. Supreme Court case to be resolved before weighing in on a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Lawyers for legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory filed a motion Wednesday asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the case on House Bill 2 until the Supreme Court decides a Virginia case concerning transgender restroom access.

The North Carolina law requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to their birth certificates in many public buildings.

Lawyers for North Carolina transgender residents told the 4th Circuit that a lower court’s preliminary ruling in their favor should have gone further. They say the 4th Circuit case can move forward despite the case pending before the Supreme Court.

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