Fees for attorneys defending North
Carolina's controversial law that targets the LGBT community have
reached more than $176,000.
The AP obtained legal bills from the
law firms working on the case through a public records request.
Lawyers representing Republican
lawmakers have racked up $129,000 in fees, while lawyers working for
Governor Pat McCrory have billed nearly $47,000.
House Bill 2 was approved during a
one-day special session in March. It blocks local municipalities
from enacting LGBT protections and restricts transgender bathroom use
in public buildings.
Despite a loud outcry, GOP lawmakers
ended the legislative session without repealing the law.
That decision led the NBA to pull its
upcoming All-Star Game from Charlotte.
McCrory defends anti-gay law; Calls decision to move All-Star Game
A federal judge is expected to hear
arguments Monday on whether to block the law's enforcement.