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Breaking News: Supreme Court of the United States Places Temporary Hold on Student from Using Boys’ Restroom

By August 4, 2016North Carolina
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Yesterday, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to place a temporary hold on the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G ruling that required a Virginia school district to open up its restrooms to members of the opposite sex. We expect the ruling of this case to have bearing on the imminent ruling in North Carolina’s dual cases mentioned in the e-alert we sent you yesterday, HB2 Update & Action Items, Part I.

Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed to use the boys’ restroom at his Virginia high school for several weeks in 2014 until parents complained. We agree with the Gloucester County School Board who countered that allowing Grimm to use the boys’ restroom raises privacy concerns.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia sued the Gloucester County School Board over its policy that protects students’ privacy and safety by reserving restrooms and locker rooms for members of the same biological sex, while providing an alternative private facility for students uncomfortable using a facility that corresponds with their sex. The ACLU inaccurately claimed that the school board violated Title IX. The appeals court sided with Grimm last April and reinstated Grimm’s Title IX claim and sent it back to the district court for further consideration.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say concerning yesterday’s decision:

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

Click here to read Penny’s quote in its entirety.

We are thankful for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s strong role in this case. Let us continue to pray that wisdom from above will prevail in this case and the similar North Carolina cases. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

Please stay tuned for Part II of our HB2 Update and Action Items which will be sent out tomorrow.  If you haven’t already, please take action and pray concerning the items in Part I.

For Liberty in Christ,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina