The High Court Sends ‘Transgender’ Restroom Case Back to Lower Court

The Trump administration recently revoked Barack Obama’s “transgender” restroom directive to government schools to allow male students pretending to be girls to enter into women’s restrooms and other private facilities.

The Department of Justice withdrew a request to a federal court to limit the scope of a nationwide injunction against the directive.

The administration’s decision prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling on Monday that “transgender” advocates won’t like.

The Gloucester County School District in Virginia barred a girl pretending to be a boy from using the boys’ restroom. She sued, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in her favor.

The Supreme Court stayed the ruling last year and agreed to hear the case this month.

But Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) reported that the Supreme Court decided not to hear and sent it back to the 4th Circuit in light of the Trump administration’s actions.

“The first duty of school districts is to protect the bodily privacy rights of all of the students who attend their schools and to respect the rights of parents who understandably don’t want their children exposed in intimate changing areas like locker rooms and showers,” ADF’s Kerri Kupec said. “President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Education Secretary DeVos rightly rescinded the faulty directive that the Departments of Education and Justice had issued during the Obama administration. It only makes sense for the Supreme Court to vacate the 4th Circuit’s earlier decision and instruct it to reconsider this case. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX, which protects boys’ and girls’ privacy in locker rooms, showers, and restrooms. School officials should be free to protect their students’ privacy, safety, and dignity without federal government interference.”

The Supreme Court’s move means that allowing men into women’s restrooms won’t become the “law of the land” or banned nationwide this time around.

Next time, who knows? But the battle for common sense, decency, modesty, privacy, and safety rages on.

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