A federal judge temporarily ruled Friday that the University of North Carolina can't block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.
BREAKING: Judge: North Carolina university can't block 2 transgender students, employee from using bathroom of their choice.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 26, 2016
U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder on Friday partially granted a preliminary injunction to the students and the employee in response to their lawsuit challenging a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.
The ruling means that those plaintiffs won't have to abide by part of North Carolina's House Bill 2 law, or HB2, which bans people from entering bathrooms that do not match the sex on their birth certificates.
"Today, the tightness that I have felt in my chest every day since HB 2 passed has eased," Joaquín Carcaño, the lead plaintiff in the case, said in a statement.
"But the fight is not over: We won't rest until this discriminatory law is defeated, "