Judge hears first argument in HB2 court battle

(WNS)– North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” had its first day in court on Aug. 1, with a district judge considering whether to block its enforcement while courts determine its constitutionality. The law requires restroom and locker room facilities in schools and government buildings be accessed based on biology, rather than gender identity, and bars local governments from circumventing the rule. On Nov. 14, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will preside over a full trial for House Bill 2 (HB2) to establish its long-term viability. Today, Schroeder heard oral arguments for a preliminary injunction to halt the law’s enforcement. Transgender rights groups claim it poses an immediate threat and cannot wait until November. Schroeder expressed skepticism of arguments on both sides and questioned how the law will work practically. After hearing evidence for more than three hours, he decided to delay his ruling. The judge said he wanted more time to collect facts but doesn’t expect to take long.

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