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The Department of Justice Drops Its Lawsuit Against North Carolina Over Controversial Bathroom Bill

The Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped its lawsuit against North Carolina over a state law that prevented transgender individuals from using bathrooms that matched their gender identities.

Last May, the DOJ under the Obama administration sued North Carolina for the passage of House Bill 2, arguing that transgender rights were protected by a 1964 civil rights law banning sex discrimination. On Friday, the DOJ and state attorneys filed a joint notice of dismissal, citing the passage of House Bill 142 earlier this month, which repealed the portion of the law banning transgender individuals from using their preferred bathrooms in government buildings.

Critics say that other portions of the controversial original law, known as HB2, however, continue to discriminate against LGBT individuals. The new law still bars local municipalities from passing their own non-discrimination laws.