“This is not a final resolution of this case, and the governor will continue to defend North Carolina law,” said General Counsel Bob Stephens in the statement.
The court’s final decision is expected in November.
(7:29 p.m.): A federal court decision has partially blocked the UNC system from enforcing House Bill 2.
The court issued a preliminary injunction in which the UNC system is prohibited from enforcing HB2 on the three plaintiffs, including UNC employee Joaquín Carcaño, who have filed a complaint.
The ruling said HB2 violated Title IX non-discrimination protections, which protects students from discrimination based upon sex.
“Immediately, this only applies to those three people, but I think it is a sign of the way this judge views that law,” said Nathan Smith, public policy director at Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
Smith said the injunction is a sign of good things to come.
“When (the judge’s) final decision comes out in November, I think that it will be a much broader decision that applies to the system overall,” he said.
Carcaño, lead plaintiff in the case against HB2, said the injunction is a step in the right direction.
“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,” he said.
“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.”