Bad News for Transgender People
In a setback for the civil rights of transgender people, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal sought by the ACLU, representing Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenaged boy suing for the right to use boys' restrooms in his Virginia high school.
The Court sent the case back to the lower court, but it also vacated the lower court's ruling, in a disturbing move, citing the Trump Justice Department's new position.
#SCOTUS vacates the original Fourth Circuit decision in Gavin Grimm's case, which was based on deference to the Obama admin's policy.— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 6, 2017
"The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for further consideration in light of the guidance document issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice on February 22, 2017," the Court's short statement reads.
UPDATE I: 10:04 AM EST –
Read NBC's Pete Williams' take:
UPDATE II: 10:10 AM EST –
Lambda Legal's Eric Lesh:
We fight on. Federal law still protects transgender students from discrimination. Period. https://t.co/Dx7iUBQK3P— Eric Lesh (@EDLesh) March 6, 2017
ACLU's Chase Strangio:
Meaning of Title IX has no changed. Students still protected by Title IX and Constitution. We stay vigilant. #StandWithGavin— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 6, 2017
Remember nothing is ever wasted. Our work here, in our lives, in our histories moves us towards justice. #StandWithGavin— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) March 6, 2017
Slate's Mark Joseph Stern:
I wonder how Justice Breyer feels about the courtesy vote he cast that will keep Gavin Grimm out of the bathroom his entire senior year.— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) March 6, 2017
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