Supreme Court to rule on Virginia transgender bathroom case

Supreme Court to rule on Virginia transgender bathroom case

GLOUCESTER, VA (WWBT) - A legal case deciding which bathroom a Gloucester transgender teen can use will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justices will hear the case involving Gavin Grimm sometime next year. He will not be able to use the boys' bathroom until the case is heard.

The Gloucester School District requires students to use either the restroom that corresponds with their biological gender or a private, single-stall restroom. The school board had said the 17-year-old, who was born a girl but identifies as a boy, should not be allowed in the boys' bathroom.

A federal appeals court in Richmond sided with Grimm in April. The three-judge panel reversed and vacated the ruling in part and remanded it back to district court, saying it "was guided by erroneous legal principles."

Because we conclude that the district court used the wrong evidential standard in assessing G.G.'s motion for a preliminary injunction, we vacate its denial and remand for consideration under the correct standard. We therefore reverse in part, vacate in part, and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

However, the Fourth Circuit's ruling has been on hold until the Supreme Court could rule on the case. The ACLU is helping the high school senior and had asked the Supreme Court not to hear the case and let the lower court's ruling stand.

Attorneys for the school system argued in court that anyone can use the unisex bathroom and a Title IX violation has not taken place.

The case could have larger implications as transgender issues come up across the country, including a controversial North Carolina bill along the same lines.

Gavin says he has been using the nurse's station because he refuses to use "a broom closet retrofitted as a bathroom."

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