The New Jersey Civil Liberties Union is suing the state over its anti-discrimination law.
The group said Thursday that the state’s law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was unconstitutional and violates the U.S. Constitution’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment.
Chris Christie’s administration responded that the lawsuit was a “political stunt” that could hurt the governor’s ability to defend his state’s LGBT protections.
New Jersey’s law bans discrimination based the sexual orientation or gender identity of individuals, such as on a business basis, or in the provision of public accommodations.
It also prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing based on gender identity.
Christie signed the law in 2017.
The law, signed by Republican Gov.
Phil Murphy, also prohibits public employers from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, gender expression or gender expression that is not a protected characteristic under the U,S.
Equal Protection Clause.
The governor has said he would veto any bill that was passed that violates the law.