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Published On: Mon, Mar 6th, 2017

SCOTUS rejects transgender bathroom case, Gavin Grimm’s attempt to use different locker room, restroom

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a case involving a transgender high school student from Gloucester, Va. back to a lower court, striking a blow to the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student who is seeking to use school bathrooms that align with his gender identity.

“The Court’s decision to vacate the Fourth Circuit’s earlier ruling and send the case back to reconsider is the logical decision in light of the new administration’s policy to interpret federal law correctly,” Family Foundation of Virginia president Victoria Cobb said. “It’s common sense that boys should not be given access to girls’ showers and locker rooms. No one should expect young girls to undress and be exposed to a member of the opposite sex in intimate settings like showers and locker rooms.

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“Reasonable Virginians can find a way to accommodate a small number of students struggling with sexual identity without compromising the rights of every other child.”

Grimm, 17, was born a female, but now has claims the gender identity of a male.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia brought the lawsuit on behalf of Grimm, arguing that the school board’s policy, which segregates transgender students from their peers by requiring them to use “alternative, private” restroom facilities, violates the U.S. Constitution and Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools.

The Trump administration’s reversal of Obama-era protections that allowed transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity has angered civil rights groups.

“The first duty of school districts is to protect the bodily privacy rights of all of the students who attend their schools and to respect the rights of parents who understandably don’t want their children exposed in intimate changing areas like locker rooms and showers,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kerri Kupec.

“President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Education Secretary DeVos rightly rescinded the faulty directive that the Departments of Education and Justice had issued during the Obama administration. It only makes sense for the Supreme Court to vacate the 4th Circuit’s earlier decision and instruct it to reconsider this case. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX, which protects boys’ and girls’ privacy in locker rooms, showers, and restrooms. School officials should be free to protect their students’ privacy, safety, and dignity without federal government interference.”

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