Supreme Court won’t hear case over transgender bathroom rights
The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a decision that allowed a transgender student in Virginia to use the bathroom that corresponded to his gender identity.
The Supreme Court’s action is a victory for the LGBTQ community that has been fearful the high court would take up the case and reverse a lower court opinion, reported CNN.
The student’s case concerns the scope of Title IX that prohibits schools from discriminating “on the basis of sex.”
The dispute began when Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, challenged a decision by the school board in Gloucester County, Virginia, that required him to use either a unisex restroom or restroom that corresponds to the sex, female, he was assigned at birth.
Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito said they would have taken up the case for next term.
“I am glad that my years-long fight to have my school see me for who I am is over. Being forced to use the nurse’s room, a private bathroom, and the girl’s room was humiliating for me, and having to go to out-of-the-way bathrooms severely interfered with my education,” Grimm said in a statement Monday.
“Trans youth deserve to use the bathroom in peace without being humiliated and stigmatized by their own school boards and elected officials,” he added.
Grimm filed suit against the board in 2015, arguing that the school’s policy violated Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause, reported CNN.
The Obama Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” accusing the board of violating Title IX. A federal appeals court deferred to the interpretation ruling in Grimm’s favor.
The school board appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, which agreed to take up the case. But before the high court could rule, the Trump administration withdrew the Obama-era guidance, and the Supreme Court wiped away the decision by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals and sent the case back down for further proceedings.
The case began again at the district court and ultimately the Fourth Circuit again ruled in favor of Grimm, this time citing the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 2020 that held that federal employment law protects LGBTQ workers.
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