JUST IN: Supreme Court rejects appeal in case of transgender student Gavin Grimm https://t.co/NqOhf8DQgP— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 6, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear a transgender rights case they were expected to, USA Today reports. Instead, they’ve vacated the decision made by a lower court in favor of the teen and sent it back down to the lower courts.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had decided Gavin Grimm, 17, a Virginia high school senior should be allowed to use the male bathroom at his school. The decision was based on Obama-era guidance to schools instructing them to allow transgender students’ bathroom preferences. That guidance has been removed by the Trump administration.
The Supreme Court could have heard the case, but instead decided to send it back to the 4th Circuit because the 4th’s decision was based on executive guidance that no longer exists. If the 4th is going to rule in favor of transgender rights, it will have to do so on different grounds.
Lawyers for Grimm and the Gloucester County School Board fighting to deny him both wanted the short-staffed Supreme Court to decide the decision.
“This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we’ll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” ACLU lawyer Joshua Block said.
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