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November Trial Set for Dueling Lawsuits Over North Carolina’s HB2

North Carolina Clashes With U.S. Over New Public Restroom Law
The "We Are Not This" slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. Sara D. Davis / Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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 anti-discrimination protections.

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