In case you didn’t know, last year Obama decreed that “schools can’t prevent students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law.” And this was the government’s response in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester Public School Board.
You see, back in April, 2014, 16-year-old Grimm, born a female but now identifying as Gavin, a male, was actually allowed to use the boys’ bathrooms in school–until some parents complained. The upshot: By a 6 to 1 school board vote, transgender students had to use “single-stall unisex facilities or those corresponding to their biological sex.”
In other words, Grimm had to use either the girls’ bathroom or a unisex one.
Enter the ACLU on Grimm’s behalf, stating that the board’s position constituted sex discrimination in education under Title IX, enacted in 1972. The Obama administration concurred.
As for the U.S. Department of Education, they asserted that the board’s policy denied said student’s “a benefit that every other student at this school enjoys: access to restrooms that are consistent with his or her gender identity.”
In the end, a federal judge found on behalf of the school board, so, eventually, the case willgo before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.