Thursday, August 04, 2016

Supreme Court Temporarily Stays 4th Circuit's Ruling On Title IX and Transgender Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday issued an order temporarily staying the 4th Circuit's mandate to a Virginia federal district court to reconsider its denial of a preliminary injunction in a transgender rights case.  In Gloucester County School Board v. G.C., (Sup. Ct., Aug. 3, 2016), the Court by a vote of 5-3 stayed the 4th Circuit's mandate pending the timely filing and disposition of a petition for certiorari.  In the case, the 4th Circuit held that a Virginia school board's policy barring a transgender boy (who had not undergone sex-reassignment surgery) from using the boy's rest rooms at his school violates Title IX's ban on discrimination on the basis of sex. (See prior posting.)  Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan dissented from the grant of a stay.  Justice Breyer said he concurred with the stay "as a courtesy" while the Supreme Court is in recess. Los Angeles Times reports on the Supreme Court's action.