Judge Blocks UNC From Enforcing Bathroom Law

August 29, 2016

A federal judge issued an injunction Friday blocking the University of North Carolina from enforcing HB2, the law requiring state agencies to block transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, with regard to transgender students and employees of various campuses who have sued over the law. The judge ordered further hearings on other parts of the law and claims against it. The injunction notes that UNC and state officials have said that transgender people have -- without incident -- been using bathrooms of their choice for some time before this year's enactment of HB2.

The university system issued a statement indicating that it would follow the court order, but that nothing would change as a result. "Our attorneys are still in the process of reviewing the court’s 83-page order, and we will fully comply with its directive," the statement said. "We have long said that the university has not and will not be taking steps to enforce HB2. As President [Margaret] Spellings has emphasized all along, the university has been caught in the middle of a conflict that we did not create between state law and federal guidance. We welcome resolution of these issues by the court so that we can focus all of our efforts on our primary mission—educating students. As reflected in long-standing university policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, and we are fully committed to being open and welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds."

Whatever final decision the judge issues is almost certain to be appealed.


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