SCOTUS will not hear case on transgender bathroom rights

SCOTUS will not hear case on transgender bathroom rights
Gavin Grimm (Image: WAVY video screen grab)

Here’s my recommendation to everyone out there who’s not sure of which john it’s OK to use: Hold it until you get home.

You won’t be getting any help from the U.S. Supreme Court, which announced this morning that it won’t be hearing a transgender teen’s case and instead are kicking it back down to the states.

From the Associated Press via Fox News:

 

The justices said Monday they have opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives high school senior Gavin Grimm the right to use the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia school.

In April 2016, Grimm, who was born with female genitalia, won a decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, which ruled she could use the boys’ bathroom because she thinks of herself as male.

Grimm sued her school with the assistance of the Department of Justice and the ACLU. In a recent 2-1 decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, Grimm won her case.

The following month, the Obama administration handed down its ruling, claiming that under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, schools receiving federal money may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status.

Education Secretary John King, Jr., explained myopically that “no student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling unwelcome at school or on a college campus,” by which he meant “no transgender student” should have to feel unwelcome. In other words, normal children — and especially females — who felt uncomfortable by the presence in the bathroom of someone sporting genitalia of the opposite sex would just have to lump it.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration rolled back the Obama rule, prompting all eyes to turn to the pending SCOTUS decision … which has now been made.

The debate now returns to the state’s, several of which have already made up their mind to continue “protecting transgenders (and effectively giving the middle finger to non-transgender students).

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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