The U.S. Department of Justice will no longer battle with the state of North Carolina over its policies regarding transgender residents.
On Friday morning, the Justice Department and attorneys for North Carolina filed a joint notice of dismissal at the U.S. District Court in North Carolina, stating in the document they were withdrawing both cases “in light of the passage” of House Bill 142, the bill that replaced the controversial House Bill 2 (better known as HB2).
Image: The North Carolina state House debates prior to a vote on HB 142
The North Carolina state House debates on the floor of the state House prior to a vote on HB 142 on March 30, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. Brian Blanco / AP file
The Obama-era Justice Department, led by Loretta Lynch, sued North Carolina and then-governor Pat McCrory last May after the state passed a law barring transgender people from using restrooms and other private facilities that matched their gender identity rather than the sex on their birth ce