RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fate of the North Carolina law limiting LGBT protections rests in the hands of a judge appointed by President George W. Bush who is comfortable dissecting complex issues in lengthy rulings.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder has scheduled oral arguments for Monday on whether the state can require transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that match their birth certificates.
The U.S. Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union have challenged the law and are seeking preliminary injunctions to block the restroom provision. Defending HB2 are Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders.
Lawyers who have had cases before Schroeder say he's more moderate than some other Republican-appointed judges and is known for dissecting complex issues in rulings that are hundreds of pages long.