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Virginia school district vows to appeal court-ordered transgender policy to Supreme Court

The Gloucester County School Board in Virginia offered a provision to accommodate the student, but the ACLU sued on the her behalf to gain access to the boys' room.
Mon Jun 27, 2016 - 4:24 pm EST
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RICHMOND, Virginia, June 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A federal court ruled last week that female students who choose to identify as boys must be allowed to use the men's room at school and young men who say they are women must be allowed in the girls' intimate facilities.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia decreed that the Gloucester County School Board must let Caitlyn Grimm, a girl who is taking male hormones and legally changed her name to "Gavin," use the boys' room.

Gloucester is a rural part of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.

The school board previously made a provision for Caitlyn to use a single-stall bathroom, but the American Civil Liberties Union sued on her behalf to be welcomed into the men’s room at school. 

The ACLU, in Caitlyn's name, argued that not allowing her to use the boys’ locker room and toilets amounted to a violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection and of Title IX's anti-discrimination laws.

"The court's ruling makes as much sense as the fiction that a girl can be a boy and a boy a girl," Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver told LifeSiteNews. "Have we lost our minds?"

The Gloucester County School Board has vowed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I am pleased the school district will appeal the case," Staver said. "I pray by the time the case arrives at the Supreme Court we have a new Justice who understands the duty to adhere to the Constitution and not rewrite it."

President Obama used Caitlyn's case to issue a directive to all public school districts throughout the nation, interpreting Title IX law as applying to "transgender" students.

The ACLU released a statement, put in Caitlyn's voice and titled "Court Orders School Board Let Transgender Student Gavin Grimm use Same Restrooms As Other Boys," saying she is "elated" that "equality has finally prevailed."

The Eastern District of Virginia court currently has 11 active justices, of which the majority of six are either Obama appointees (3) or Clinton appointees (3). 

As of this month, Obama has made 327 Article III judgeship appointments that the U.S. Senate has confirmed, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices and 55 appellate court justices. He has another 56 nominations awaiting Senate approval. 

In George W. Bush’s  eight years in the White House,  he appointed 327 Article III federal judges, including two to the Supreme Court and 62 to appellate courts.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to appoint Constitutional conservatives to the nation's highest court.


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