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Battle over North Carolina "bathroom bill" returns to federal court

A gender neutral sign posted outside a bathroom at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
A gender neutral sign posted outside a bathroom at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images

More than a year after North Carolina's Republican-controlled state legislature repealed HB2 — known as the "bathroom bill" — which required transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than their gender identity, the legal battle is still simmering.

What’s happening: On Monday, a federal judge in the state is set to hear oral arguments from advocates seeking to overturn the replacement law that they say lacks protections for the LGBTQ community — as state Republicans argue for a dismissal.