North Carolina's Democratic attorney general, Roy Cooper, said Tuesday he would not defend a lawsuit filed Monday challenging a newly enacted state law that targets LGBTQ citizens for discrimination. The law prohibits state localities from providing nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ citizens, among other things. Gary Robertson reports:
Democrat Roy Cooper made the announcement Tuesday, a day after gay rights advocates sued the state to seek to overturn the law. The federal lawsuit lists Cooper among the defendants because of his official position, but he opposes the law and wants it repealed.
GOP lawmakers rammed the law through the legislature last Wednesday and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed it. Cooper is seeking to unseat McCrory as governor this fall in what looks to be a tight race.
Congrats, McCrory! It's your hateful law, now you can deal with how to uphold it. (No official word yet on who will defend the law in Cooper’s stead, but McCrory was also named in the suit.)
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