By now, the anti-LGBT HB2 law in North Carolina needs no introduction. It has made quite a name for itself as many companies and celebrities have criticised or outright boycotted the state due to HB2.
As well as the boycotts and the critical reception of their anti-trans, anti-LGBT law, North Carolina has faced several legal challenges over the law. So far, they have racked up legal bills of over $176,000.
According to the Associated Press, law firms representing GOP lawmakers in N.C have charged $129,000 in fees relating to defending HB2, where as governor McCrory’s lawyers have billed $47,000.
These charges, which will be met by the taxpayer, are only going to continue to rise as HB2 faces further legal disputes. In November this year alone, the US District Judge Thomas Schroeder is hearing two lawsuits challenging the law.
Also, not all of the lawsuits working on the law’s defence have submitted invoices yet, so there is more coming from the current and past legal battles.
American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal, who are challenging the anti-LGBT law, said in a statement: “We are fighting in court for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina because sanctioned discrimination is unacceptable.LGBT North Carolinians and millions around the country are anxious to see an end to these dangerous displays of intolerance. We must repeal HB2 and replace it with full non-discrimination protections for all LGBT people.”