November trial set for cases over North Carolina LGBT law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal court has set a November trial date for dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.

A written order signed Monday by a federal magistrate judge says the trial will begin Nov. 14.

The order says the federal judge overseeing the cases will decide whether they should be tried jointly or organized in a different manner for trial.

Two lawsuits challenging the law and two seeking to defend it are assigned to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder.

The law requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings and excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

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