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Governor drops lawsuit to streamline legal cases on LGBT law

Posted 11:11 a.m. Sunday
Updated 2:35 p.m. Sunday

FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. The NCAA and ACC delivered the latest blows this week, stripping the state of its lucrative championships and leaving the Republican with another deep bruise as he fights for his political life. Entering the final weeks of the nation's most closely watched governor's race, McCrory is trying to reset the focus for voters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

— North Carolina's governor is dropping a lawsuit defending a law limiting LGBT protections as he pursues similar arguments in a separate case.

Gov. Pat McCrory's lawyers filed notice Friday that they're voluntarily dismissing the lawsuit filed in May in a Raleigh federal court.

McCrory's lawyers cite cost savings for the state and efficiency for the courts as reasons for dropping the lawsuit.

The Republican governor is pursuing a similar defense of the law in another federal court against challengers including the ACLU and federal Justice Department. Trial in that case is expected in May 2017.

The North Carolina law requires transgender people to use restrooms in schools and state government buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. It also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

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  • Clarence Hill Sep 18, 8:30 p.m.
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    NC's lawyers are getting smarter. It's called, "court hopping". You look for a friendly court that is most likely to give you a positive verdict.