Former solicitor general to join opposition to LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former solicitor general for the George W. Bush administration will help North Carolina businesses in their opposition to the state’s new law limiting discrimination claims against the state.

The Human Rights Campaign announced Wednesday that Theodore B. Olson of the Washington, D.C., firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will write legal documents on behalf businesses of who support the U.S. Department of Justice’s challenge of the law.

The lawsuit says North Carolina’s law, which also directs transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate, violates federal civil rights law.

Olson was solicitor general of the United States from 2001-2004 and has argued 62 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including the federal lawsuit successfully challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

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