Supreme Court Blocks Transgender Bathroom Ruling

Aug 3, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-3 ruling blocked the federal court of appeals decision on the so-called transgender bathroom decision. In G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal law known as Title IX should be interpreted to include “gender identity” and thus that court ruled that a girl who wants to identify as a boy should be able to use the boy’s restroom.

The federal court of appeals ruling lacks legal authority and clearly goes against the clear meaning of “sex” when that law was adopted decades ago.

Today, five Supreme Court justices blocked the ruling from going into effect. The school board intends to file a request to the Supreme Court asking the Court to review the merits of the case and to reverse the federal court decision.

In a short opinion, Justice Breyer stated that he cast the fifth vote “as a courtesy” to preserve the status quo. Justice Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan dissented.

“This is very good news that the Supreme Court blocked this silly ruling that says a girl can use the boy’s restroom and vice versa," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "The federal law never intended to allow people to change their general by fanaticizing they are something other than reality. This is the stuff of make believe and fantasy and should not be engaged in by learned judges. I am pleased the Supreme Court blocked this ruling before children return to school,” said Staver.

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