NC Atty Gen Roy Cooper

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today (Tuesday, March 29) that he won’t defend the state’s new anti-LGBT discrimination law. In addition to invalidating a nondiscrimination ordinance in Charlotte, he said it would invalidate his own office’s nondiscrimination policy.

The state’s governor, Pat McCrory, signed the bill into law on March 24.

Yesterday, Lambda Legal and the ACLU announced a lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

McCrory, a Republican, is running for a second term in office this fall. Cooper, a Democrat, is challenging him.