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DOJ Tries to Halt Anti-Trans Law as North Carolina Lawmakers Go Home

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The attorney general has filed for an injunction against HB2 following the end of the state’s legislative session last week.

The Justice Department moved to halt North Carolina's "bathroom law" in the Obama administration's ongoing legal fight with the state over transgender rights.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday that her department had filed for a preliminary injunction in the case against North Carolina and state Gov. Pat McCrory.

If granted, the state could not enforce the infamous HB2, which prevents transgender people from using restrooms, changing rooms, and other facilities matching their gender identity.

Lynch sued the state in May, claiming that HB2 violates federal civil rights laws. North Carolina and a handful of other states have countersued.

State legislators left Raleigh Friday to go home after ending the session without making any major changes to the law, despite massive outcry from both corporations and entertainers.

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The NBA in particular has threatened to move the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte over the law, prompting North Carolina lawmakers to consider a compromise--perhaps a special session.

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