Drug maker to build $20M factory after evaluating LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A drug-maker that spent six weeks deciding whether to scrap plans for a new North Carolina factory after the state passed a law limiting LBGT protections says it’s going ahead.

New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals said Tuesday it will build a $20 million manufacturing and research center in Durham County. The 50 new jobs paying an average of nearly $76,000 a year were announced just before state officials passed House Bill 2 in March. Braeburn said the law caused it to re-evaluate.

The company said in a news release it expects legal challenges will overturn the law.

The bill created a state anti-discrimination law that excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The law also requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificates.

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