Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

U.S. top court sidesteps ruling in major transgender rights case

U.S. top court sidesteps ruling in major transgender rights case

In light of the change in circumstances, the Supreme Court chose to return the case to the lower appeals court to reassess its decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Monday morning in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. In letter briefs filed at the court's request last week, both the Gloucester County School Board and G.G., as the student is known, told the court to forge ahead with the case.

The court's decision follows the Department of Education and the Justice Department's decision to withdraw an Obama administration directive to schools to allow students to choose the bathroom that suits their gender identity, rather than a definition of biological sex. The Fourth Circuit overruled that decision and sent it back to the lower court, which eventually ruled in Grimm's favor.

After President Trump revoked Obama's guidelines on how public schools should handle transgender rights to use the bathroom, transgender students are beginning to feel the impact.

The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen's case to a lower court without reaching a decision, leaving in limbo the issue of transgender rights in school settings.

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"If you don't have a bathroom it's very hard to exist in society and in public". Instead, a lower court in Virginia will be tasked with evaluating the federal law known as Title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.

But Monday's order, with no noted dissent, took the case off the court's calendar.

"The Fourth Circuit Court, which will now rehear the case, should allow local schools to find solutions that benefit everyone's safety and privacy", said Ryan Anderson, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

"It is regrettable that the issue of equality for transgender Americans will not be heard by the highest court of the land", added Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

"While we're disappointed that the Supreme Court will not be hearing Gavin's case this term, the overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans people can not be ignored", Joshua Block, an ACLU attorney representing Mr. They suggested that Obama's interpretation of Title IX was not the correct one but said schools should ensure that transgender students are able to learn in a safe environment. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX, which protects boys' and girls' privacy in locker rooms, showers, and restrooms.

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