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Friday, October 28, 2016

Supreme Court to take up Virginia bathroom case

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up a Virginia case in which a school district wants to prevent a transgender student from using a boys restroom.

Lower courts have said it's a civil rights law violation to restrict use of the restroom to "biological males." The student in the suit, Gavin, is now 17 and has been attending school as a male since his sophomore year.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge cheered the decision. She's joined a group of attorneys general from other states, all Republican except one from Mississippi, who oppose transgender rights. She frames it as a federalism issue. She likes federalism when she likes state and local laws. She's fighting elsewhere to bring down a Washington civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against gay people. She's also defending the Arkansas law aimed at protecting those who discriminate against LGBT people.

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