WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A federal court has blocked the University of North Carolina system from enforcing provisions of House Bill 2 because it violates federal law, specifically Title IX.
The ACLU Director of North Carolina took to Twitter saying, “This is not a surprise. North Carolina ACLU told Governor McCrory HB2 violated Title IX [the] day it was introduced.”
HB2, signed in March, bans individuals from using public bathrooms in government facilities that do not correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.
Today's ruling does not apply to any other government facilities outside of the UNC system.
In a three part ruling, Judge Thomas Schroeder denied a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs’ equal protection claim without prejudice.
The court reserved a ruling on the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction on their due process claims.
“Today is a great day for me and hopefully this is the start to chipping away at the injustice of HB2 that is harming thousands of other transgender people who call North Carolina home. Today, the tightness that I have felt in my chest every day since HB2 passed has eased. But the fight is not over: we won’t rest until this discriminatory law is defeated,” said Joaquín Carcaño, lead plaintiff in the case. Carcaño is a UNC employee and a transgender male.
BREAKING: VICTORY! Federal court blocks UNC from enforcing provisions of #HB2 because it violates federal law. More to come.
— ACLU of North Carolina (@ACLU_NC) August 26, 2016
Gov. McCrory issued the following statement Friday evening about the decision:
"The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act is still in effect," said General Counsel Bob Stephens. "The judge’s limited injunction only applies to three individuals and is based on a Fourth Circuit decision recently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. This is not a final resolution of this case, and the governor will continue to defend North Carolina law."