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No quick resolution expected in transgender shelter case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Lawyers for a faith-based Anchorage women’s shelter are not expecting a quick resolution to their lawsuit against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a scheduling report in federal court Friday, noting tentative trial dates in April 2020.

The conservative Christian law firm earlier this month sought an injunction to stop the city from applying its gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter.

The federal lawsuit also names the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, which became involved after a transgender woman complained she was denied entry at the shelter.

An attorney for the city has said the commission’s investigation has not been concluded, largely because of the shelter’s noncooperation.

Alliance attorney Ryan Tucker did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday.

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