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Federal court blocks transgender 'bathroom bill' at UNC


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.

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, "

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