Washington D.C., Oct 28, 2016 / 14:15 pm
The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a case on whether students identifying as transgender may be required to use restrooms according to their biological birth sex.
"Schools have a duty to protect the privacy and safety of all students. That's a compelling reason for the Supreme Court to review the 4th Circuit's decision in this case, especially when other courts – including the 4th Circuit itself previously – have upheld that principle," said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Gary McCaleb, in response to the Court's taking up the case G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.
"In light of the right to bodily privacy, federal law should not be twisted to require that a male be given access to the girls' facilities, or a female to the boys' facilities," he continued. "The Supreme Court should reverse the 4th Circuit's ruling, which is out of step with the law and previous federal court precedent."
Earlier, a U.S. Fourth Circuit Court judge had ruled that, in the case of student Gavin Grimm, who identified as transgender in the Gloucester County (Va.) School District, the school board must allow Grimm access to the bathroom of choice.