Friday, July 15, 2016

Supreme Court might hear trans student case

Gavin Grimm
Gavin Grimm
The Supreme Court has been asked to block a trans student's access to the bathroom consistent with his gender identity. This would be the first case since DOJ and the Department of Education issued guidance to public schools that they must accommodate transgender students. The Department of Justice has concluded that failing to do so would constitute a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 barring sex discrimination.

In 2015 Gavin Grimm sued the Gloucester County, Virginia school board.  The district court dismissed Gavin’s Title IX claim and denied his request for a preliminary injunction. The case was appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which vacated the dismissal of the preliminary injunction and then remanded the case back to the district court with guidance. The school board then asked the Court to stay its ruling. The stay was denied.

Most of the information I have on this case comes from the very thorough ruling from the Fourth Circuit. It's a typical story. School officials did the right thing allowing Gavin to use the boys' restroom. Then “The Christians” got in the act. There were two public hearings. Those compassionate Christians did most of the talking, threatening to vote out the school board if they did not comply with their wishes. They referred to Gavin as a freak or as a confused little girl. One idiot compared him to a child who thinks he is a dog. What they did amounts to child abuse.

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case then the injunction that is now in effect stands.

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