Nearly 9,000 Join Brief to Supreme Court in Support of School Board’s Refusal to Allow Girl in Boys’ Restroom

urinal-credit-bob-smith-compressedWASHINGTON — Nearly 9,000 people added their names to a legal brief this past week in support of a Virginia school board’s appeal of a ruling requiring that it allow a female student who identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom.

8,914 students, parents and other residents from across the country included their name in the friend of the court brief filed by the religious liberties organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Wednesday. Over 40 state family policy organizations, such as the Family Policy Institute of Washington, North Carolina Values, and the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, were a part of the brief as well.

“Placing students in circumstances where their privacy is compromised and they are at risk of bodily exposure in the vicinity of members of the opposite sex is not only demeaning and humiliating, but also denies individuals’ personal dignity,” it reads.

“Courts have thus refused to require schools to open sex-specific locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to all students because permanent emotional impairment could result from the deprivation of students’ bodily-privacy rights,” the legal filing continues. “Instead, they have allowed schools to craft common sense solutions that respect every student’s privacy.”

Click here to read the brief and view the list of supporters in full.

As previously reported, Gavin Grimm, now 17, told reporters in December 2014 that she began using the boys’ restroom after obtaining permission from the school principal when she expressed disapproval over being forced to use the nurse restroom.

“I’m not a girl. I’m not using the girl’s restroom,” Grimm stated. “So I said, ‘Hey, where can I use the restroom?’ … And so they said, ‘Use the nurse’s room,’ and at the time I was fine with that, because I was still afraid—I didn’t know how my peers would react. So, I didn’t want to push the envelope any further than I had to all at once.”

  • Connect with Christian News

But she said that the option soon became a problem.

“The nurse’s office is at least a three minute walk from the class I have closest to it. It took a substantial amount of time out of my class time, and it was embarrassing,” Grimm said. “When you’re gone for 15 minutes at a time to use the bathroom, what are high schoolers gonna think? It’s humiliating and it’s alienating.”

The student therefore asked the principal about the matter, who suggested that Grimm go ahead and use the men’s restroom since she identifies as a boy. But some of the parents of the male students soon learned about the allowance, and the issue turned up before the school board.

Due to the concerns of parents, the board voted to approve a policy requiring students to utilize the restroom that correlates with their biological gender, or to use a private bathroom.

But in response, Grimm sued the Gloucester County School Board with the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in an effort to overturn the policy.

“By excluding Gavin—a transgender boy—from the boys restrooms because the school board does not deem him to be ‘biologically’ male, the school board, under color of state law, has treated and continues to treat Gavin differently from similarly situated students based on his gender,” the suit asserted.

Last September, District Court Judge Robert Doumar, appointed to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan, ruled against Grimm, disagreeing with the ACLU that the board had violated Title IX with its restroom policy.

“Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and not on the basis of other concepts such as gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” Doumar wrote.

The ACLU appealed the decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled 2-1 in favor of Grimm in April by pointing to the Obama administration’s recent interpretations of the federal statute.

It then sent the case back to Doumar, who was instructed to rule in light of how the U.S. Department of Education views the federal statute. Doumar consequently ordered the board to allow Grimm to use the boys’ restroom.

The the Gloucester County School Board then appealed the order to the U.S. Supreme Court, asserting that it will cause “irreparable harm to the board, to the school system and to the legitimate privacy expectations of the district’s schoolchildren and parents alike.”

In August, the court granted the emergency injunction, blocking Grimm from using the boys’ restroom—at least for now as it decides whether or not to accept the board’s appeal.

“These courts have recognized that the constitutional right of bodily privacy is defined by reasonable expectations, not the bohemian leanings of a few, and that laws aimed at eliminating sex discrimination were designed to create equal opportunities for women and men, not to force new privacy mores on the American public,” Wednesday’s brief reads.

“Certainly, when the right to bodily privacy protects even an imprisoned felon from unnecessary exposure to the opposite sex, then it surely protects the adolescent girl from the same risk of exposure to students who are indisputably biologically and physically a male,” it says.

As previously reported, on the same day, 19 state attorneys general also filed a friend of the court brief supporting the Gloucester County School Board.

The brief, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, was joined by Attorneys General Luther Strange of Alabama; Mark Brnovich of Arizona; Mike Dewine of Ohio; Ken Paxton of Texas; Jeff Landry of Louisiana; Brad Schimel of Wisconsin; Timothy Fox of Montana and Jim Hood of Mississippi, among others.


A special message from the publisher...

Dear Reader, our hearts are deeply grieved by the ongoing devastation in Iraq, and through this we have been compelled to take a stand at the gates of hell against the enemy who came to kill and destroy. Bibles for Iraq is a project to put Arabic and Kurdish audio Bibles into the hands of Iraqi and Syrian refugees—many of whom are illiterate and who have never heard the gospel.Will you stand with us and make a donation today to this important effort? Please click here to send a Bible to a refugee >>

Print Friendly
  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Yes, say NO to the slavery (bowing to the falsehood of immorality and sexual confusions) by upholding the objective truth. Birth gender and skin color is God’s creation; homosexuality and transgenderism is a willful sin.

    • Peter Blaise

      .
      I’m so glad sin is a Constitutionally protected right.
      .

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        No, it’s not. The Founding Fathers never imagined Americans to be this immorality-oriented only after 230 years. You guys are Non-Americans and that’s why you don’t know America’s formation and are nullifying America. God will judge the Sodomic USA and its servant nations. You need to repent to get saved from the consequences of your sins. John ch.3 and Revelation ch.20.

        • Peter Blaise

          .
          Divorce is a sin, gluttony is a sin, adultery is a sin — all Constitutionally protected rights.

          The founders are dead, and have no rights, certainly no superior rights over we the living.

          We’re not Non-American, we’re Non-Dead.

          Disagreement does not mean that either party in the discussion is Non-American, it just means that we disagree.

          If your Gospels guide you personally, great for you.

          But we all get along with each other by our Constitution.
          .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            De-christianized Sodomic West does not force any other sins except for homosexuality and transgenderism. Everything belongs to the creators and pioneers and nothing belongs to parasites. Secularism’s forced immorality makes peaceful co-existence impossible. The West’s slavery must be countered by free people, as always. No Bible = No freedom. You guys are being bored because you received every good thing freely from the generous gentle Christian Americans and have nothing to do this century.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Wait, what?

            With every generation in the US, we bring more and more previously disenfranchised people into full citizenship, from within our society, and from around the world.

            Nothing to do?

            We’re fighting the good fight, bringing the truth and beauty of the US Constitution into more people’s lives every day.

            And “we” includes LGBT Christians.

            No one “is” a “sin” just by being, just by existing, even according to the Bibles.

            I have no idea what you mean by “force” sins or “forced” immorality …

            … do you mean, like, divorced people have Constitutionally protected equal rights, and so, our government and public accommodations are prohibited from discriminating against divorced people?

            Yet, no one is forced to enter employment in government or public accommodations, there is no force there making people join up to work anywhere, people are free to chose whatever they want to do ( within legal limits, of course ).

            You lost me, and I also think you have not learned anything about LGBT people, you seem prejudiced against them, and exhibit no knowledge of them.

            How about some reading up on LGBT people?

            It couldn’t hurt.
            .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Today’s secular West got a mental illness from having a full-stomach and boredom. Rich people oppress the poor by forcing perversions on others out of boredom. Typical.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Which is it, rich people or today’s secular west ( if either )?

            Do you have any substantiation for your opinions, or are you just reading random propaganda poster slogans?
            .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Rich people = secular West. The world still follows the Western civilization though its culture is no longer moral or respectful. In other worlds, only the elites are rich; but the “Animal Farm” is happening in American democracy because of godlessness, not just in atheistic USSR.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Thanks.

            You see what you want to see, hear what you want to hear, ignore what you want to ignore.

            The US, as anyplace, has more of everything on the human spectrum than just the “one thing” about which you rail and object.

            You could have made all your posts about the kind and generous people, especially those who are downtrodden and yet still have enormous positive energies to share with whomever they meet.

            I fear that knowing of such people would ruin your day and your agenda.

            I’ve found a book on propaganda poster art, so I can read all your one-liner slogans on my own from here.

            Oh, look, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing … I think I’ll go for a walk … in one of our many beautiful Wildlife Refuges and National Parks.
            .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Secular West is trying to enslave the people by forcing a falsehood. The Westerners are not familiar this common method because the West was never ruled by the brutal communist atheists. Prohibited truth and bent conscience means unconditional surrender to the evil. Once the Christian population is bent by Sodomy, the whole people are slaves to villains and will do anything the bad people order. It’s sad and ironic that this is happening in the very civilization of the Protestant Reformers. You guys should have keep reading the Holy Bible and learning your own history to keep sanity and freedom. Bending to today’s Western immorality is a disgrace as a human being, not just as a Christian. Hopefully, American Christians won’t be like the German churches of 80 years ago.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Perhaps English is a second language …

            .. and rational thought, give-and-take and progress in conversation, substantiation of one’s opinions, references, taking responsibility for one’s own beliefs and behaviors, assigning responsibility in conversation for who is doing what to whom, eliminating passive voice where no one takes responsibility for doing anything …

            … you lost me.

            Have your been to the US?

            Have you spent any time in the free public museums here in the US capitol.

            Have you participated in any interaction with individuals and groups of US citizens?

            I do not recognize the dystopian mess you believe exists anywhere, and certainly not in the US.
            .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, I grew up reading “Uncle Sam’s Cabin.” You guys should read it, too. It talks about the white Christians who try to free slaves by educating them how to read and write and about the evil white slave owners who try to force their slaves commit heinous evil by bending their clear Christian conscience. USA hasn’t changed much. Non-christians are forever thirsty after bending other people’s Christian conscience. It must get halted. It’s insane to submit to West’s Sodomic depravity – so suicidal and disgraceful. You guys are humane only when you have Christian values and in no other time.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Please name one “… powerful non-Christian …” … trying to … “… take complete control of the people …”.

            I don’t know, is Putin non-Christian?

            T-Rump certainly qualifies as a “convenient” Christian when it’s called for.

            In the US, I don’t know of any way that anyone can “take complete control of the people” since we-the-people are the government and we-the-people are an amazing variety of differences and similars — e pluribus unum.

            Please share a specific example so we can discuss, thank you.
            .

          • Jack

            That’s nice. Have you read about the good white Christians that held Frederick Douglass in bondage? Do you remember Simon Legree?

            Nothing like inflating what you approve of and trying to bury what embarrasses you.

          • Jack

            Secular west. Ho hum.

          • Jack

            “Rich people = secular West

            That leaves me out. Thank G-d.

          • Jack

            How are homosexuality and transgenderism being forced? Did you have tom marry a man after being forced to have a sex change?

        • Jack

          So which is it? The Founding Fathers or G-d?

  • Ambulance Chaser

    I’d be very interested to speak with some of those 9,000 people to see if they actually understand the legal argument the brief us making. My guess is they never even read it.

    • Peter Blaise

      .
      … and never read anything about being trans gender, ether ( and probably do not know what cis gender is ).

      … or have read our credo and promise of our Declaration of Independence and our contract of our Constitution and Amendments, you know, that “all are equal, inalienable rights, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, to secure these rights governments are instituted, with equal protection for all” thing.

      Inconvenient truth, eh?
      .

      • Amos Moses

        “… and never read anything about being trans gender, ether”

        Wrong ………… read it …. some of it anyway ….. garbage ….. pseudo-science ….

        • Peter Blaise

          .
          Bring ONE example here and let’s discuss — no need for speculation and prejudiced sweeping generalities.
          .

          • Amos Moses

            “Bring ONE example here and let’s discuss”

            Here is one ……….

            19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
            19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
            19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Excellent storytelling of Genesis.

            Not exactly germane to equal living people in the US today under Constitutional law.

            Next?
            .

          • Amos Moses

            so your claim is it is a story ….. prove it ….. and the Kingdom and scripture has nothing to do with “US today under Constitutional law.” ………. it is irrelevant to the truth ….

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Yes, I understand your personal reference for whatever you value.

            In the US, we all get along under Constitutional law.

            If your Scripture is your personal thing, then more power to you, personally.

            But, in the US, we all get along under Constitutional law.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            yeah …. no …. the US is a failed state …. failing worse and worse each day ….. but when the ship sinks ….. many want to hold on to the remains as the only way to stay afloat ….. as a WSI … you should understand that ….. hold on to whatever still floats …. sort of floats anyway …….

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            As we-the-people incorporate more and more of we-the-people into all of we-the-people with each generation, by what criteria do you see the US as a “failed state”?

            Or, like your baseless, factless contention that trans gender is a mental illness ( a belief not supported by your own DSM-5 reference ), is your belief that the US is a failed state an equally baseless, factless opinion?
            .

  • Amos Moses

    Feelings Now Acceptable As Answers To Math Problems
    October 3, 2016

    • Peter Blaise

      .
      Most of us think with and identify with our brains — trans gender is not “feeling”, it’s a person’s gender identity, just like cis gender is a person’s gender identity, developed completely and naturally in the womb before birth — Google search for [ transgender in womb brain development ] and read, read, read.
      .

      • Ambulance Chaser

        He won’t. He just dismisses any science that doesn’t support what he wants to believe.

        • Amos Moses

          there is no appeal to truth ….. it is either accepted or rejected ….. there is nothing higher than truth …… evidence does not establish the truth …… it either supports the truth or it is a lie ……. the truth stands independent of the “evidence” ……… if the science does not support the truth ….. then it is not science …. it is psuedo-science ……

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            You cannot even present what you believe is Scriptural “truth” is regarding trans gender people, let alone argue 20+ years of well-established science regarding trans gender people.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
            19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
            19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Hmm … nothing about trans gender people in there.

            Next.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            EXACTLY THE POINT …………..

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Flooby da hunker dinga wah wah golfnik.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            Exactly ……….

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Thanks, I knew we thought as one, at least.
            .

      • Amos Moses

        ” trans gender is not “feeling”, ”

        exactly ……….. it is a lie ………. they embrace a lie ……….

        • Peter Blaise

          .
          By what method and evidence do you deduce trans gender people lying?
          .

          • Amos Moses

            There is no such thing …. what they feel is not the truth of anything …..

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Got is, you have no substantiation for your assertion that someone else is lying.

            There is 20+ years of well established science in support for trans gender people’s experience being the truth, Google search for:

            [ transgender in womb brain development ]

            … and read everything, including footnotes and references.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “There is 20+ years of well established science”

            No ….. There is 20+ years of well established PSUEDO-science ……. and nothing else …. here is the thing ….. you are on a christian site ….. the truth here is scripture ….. if you do not accept scripture as the truth …. then you are wasting your time …. you embrace a lie if you reject it ….. prove scripture is a lie …… then you might have a shot ….. but it is a fools errand ….. you are trying to defeat truth with philosophy …… not going to happen ….. there is no appeal to truth ….. it is either accepted or rejected ….. there is nothing higher than truth …… evidence does not establish the truth …… it either supports the truth or it is a lie ……. the truth stands independent of the “evidence” ………

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            The topic of this thread is non-Scriptural, it’s about Constitutionally recognized, supported, and protected equal rights for all equally for their inborn inalienable rights to their own life, to their own liberty, and to their own pursuit of their own happiness, with no discrimination in government and public accommodations — that is the universe in which we Christians live and practice.

            As Christians, we set an example by our behavior … and the behavior of the signers-on to with the ADF Alliance Defending Freedom is hitching their wagon to a virulent hate group, a group that willingly lies in order to denigrate and disenfranchise an entire group or class of other equal citizens.

            It makes sense for us to talk this through and measure our behavior well before we engage the world outside our inner spirituality.

            You apparently think Scriptures can be bent to address trans gender people, and you think Scriptures call trans gender people sinners.

            Other Christians do not believe Scriptures say that, and do not believe it is true regardless of Scriptures — yes, good Christians sometimes take responsibility for their own beliefs and behaviors regardless of received Scriptural interpretations from others.

            So, here we are, discussing our beliefs and behaviors.

            On the topic of this thread, I see that, regarding our fellow equal citizens, our behavior is required to follow Constitutional law, even if our beliefs for ourselves based on Scriptures may dictate our own behavior for ourselves differently.

            In other words, if you are not trans gender, and you believe you are not trans gender because of your understanding of Scriptures, then great, for you, for yourself.

            However, we live together and all get along under Constitutional law, so I am calling all my fellow Christians to recognize, support, and protect our fellow citizens who are trans gender, and certainly not call for laws to discriminate against and disenfranchise our fellow trans gender citizens, and fight like hell against any laws that do discriminate against and disenfranchise our fellow trans gender citizens.

            Yes, I’v read your posts, and I understand what you believe, but now I am more concerned with how you behave.

            So behave.

            Like a good citizen.

            With respect and tolerance at least for all equally, and with recognition, support, and protection for all, ideally.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “The topic of this thread is non-Scriptural, it’s about Constitutionally recognized,”

            This is a christian site ….. scripture is ALWAYS on the table and part of the conversation ….. or you may look elsewhere …….

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            TS:DR.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            TSTR ……………

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            I know you are, but I am happy to contribute to this thread anyway regardless of your reasons for your inability to read my posts, because the most important audience, Google, will read my posts and bring the next audience here for the quality of contents of the dialog, with or without you.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            so if you did not read it …… how could you know it is too stupid ……….. oxymoronic and SELF REFUTING ………. and Too stupid …… but i read it …………..

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Too SHORT: Didn’t REPLY.

            You completely missed my prior post, so I’ll wait for a reply referencing my entire presentation.
            .

      • Amos Moses

        ….. and just because a scientist says something ….. does not make it science …….. in fact most of “gender” “science” is illegitimate ……… it is not testable, repeatable or even quantifiable ….. a result is imagined and then “evidence” is found to fit the assertion ….. so NOT science …… no one can look at the x-ray or CT scan of anothers brain and determine anything about their “gender” ………….. why would i waste my time “and read, read, read” such unreliable garbage …………..

        • Peter Blaise

          .
          The heck with “… most of “gender” “science” being illegitimate …”, why not share ONE, only ONE, and we’ll go from there with specifics, no speculation and no prejudiced generalizations.

          I’ve shared a couple.

          Why don’t you share ONE.
          .

          • Amos Moses

            what any of it is …. is illegitimate ….. en mass …. it does not conform to science ….. i am not going to debate false science ….. if you want to debate why it is false science … go ahead ….. there are male and female and the rest is bahooya …………

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Thanks, I kinda suspected that you could not deal with science or Scripture.

            I hope others reading, and those brought here by Google searches find something useful in the dialog nonetheless.
            .

          • Amos Moses

            “I hope others reading, and those brought here by Google searches find something useful in the dialog nonetheless.”

            when you bring some …. please let us know ………..

          • Peter Blaise

            .
            Ooo, good one.
            .

  • Peter Blaise

    .
    Well all the states that don’t discriminate against trans gender citizens better start having privacy problems or these states will look foolish.

    Oh, too late.
    .