Experts: NC case unaffected by Texas transgender ruling

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legal experts say a ruling by a federal judge in Texas — that the Obama administration can’t force schools to allow transgender students to choose their bathrooms — won’t effect litigation over a North Carolina transgender bathroom law.

Law professors Jane Wettach of Duke and Kari Hong of Boston College said Tuesday that Texas and North Carolina cases involve different parts of federal civil rights law.

The U.S. Justice Department and others are challenging the North Carolina law, House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use public restrooms matching their birth certificates instead of their gender identity.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder in Winston-Salem could rule soon. Opponents say the state law violates federal employment and education statutes. Supporters argue that it protects privacy and safety.

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