Politics & Government

Trial over House Bill 2 scheduled to begin Nov. 14

Staff reports

The trial in a lawsuit over House Bill 2 is scheduled to begin Nov. 14 – less than a week after elections in which the law could play a key role.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear arguments on Aug. 1 on whether to block provisions of HB2 while a lawsuit filed by six North Carolinians is pending in federal court.

The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Winston-Salem in one of four cases dealing with HB2.

The law, which was adopted in an emergency session of the General Assembly in March, requires transgender people in government facilities to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate. The law also blocks local governments from passing nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are more sweeping than state law.

Three transgender residents of North Carolina, a lesbian law professor at N.C. Central University and a lesbian couple in Charlotte, filed a lawsuit quickly after the law was adopted, claiming it violates the federal gender equity law. They have legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and Jenner and Block law firm.