Supreme Court blocks transgender victory on bathrooms

The Supreme Court sided Wednesday with a Virginia school board opposed to the Obama administration’s directive that transgender students be allowed their choice of public bathrooms.

The justices blocked a federal appeals court ruling against the Gloucester County School Board while they consider whether to hear the case. If they do, it would mark the high court’s first foray into the issue of transgender rights.

The case was brought by a transgender student, Gavin Grimm, who contested the school district’s refusal to let him use the boys’ bathroom. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in his favor in April but put its ruling on hold so the school board could appeal. The Supreme Court’s order keeps the old rules in place.

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