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The U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide if religious schools should have an opportunity to weigh in on government rules that could affect their ability to operate in accordance with their religious beliefs in the future. (Reuters photo)
The U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide if religious schools should have an opportunity to weigh in on government rules that could affect their ability to operate in accordance with their religious beliefs in the future. (Reuters photo)

With the U.S. Supreme Court about to consider the Obama administration’s “interpretation” that the Title IX sexual discrimination laws related to education also include protections for “gender identity,” the legal opinions are piling up on both sides of the issue.

On behalf of the appellant in the case, the Gloucester County (Va.) School Board, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief Wednesday with the high court. In part, the brief states:

Advancements in biotechnology have demonstrated what society has intuitively understood for millennia, i.e., that human beings are conceived as either male or female and there is no scientific basis for a claim that individuals have a separate “gender identity” that can differ from their biological sex. The Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights ignored this inconvenient truth when they announced that the term “sex” in Title IX now includes “gender identity” so that sex-separate private facilities must be turned into unisex social laboratories. This Court should reject the Department’s attempt to infuse Title IX with a sociopolitical agenda wholly lacking in evidentiary foundation.

As has been previously reported, the student who brought the original lawsuit against the school district, alleging that her civil rights were violated for not being allowed to use opposite-sex facilities is 17-year-old “Gavin” Grimm. The high school senior is a girl who suffers from gender dysphoria, which makes her believe she is a boy; she has not had gender reassignment surgery.

When Grimm requested to use the boys’ restroom, some parents complained, prompting the school board to adopt a policy that she must use girls’ restrooms and locker facilities or a single-stall restroom in the nurse’s office. A Virginia federal court ruled in the district’s favor, but that decision was overturned by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

When it agreed to take up the case, the Supreme Court placed a stay on the 4th Circuit decision until it could render a superseding decision. Liberty Counsel is arguing the lower court lacks the legal authority to render a decision, particularly one that goes against the clear meaning of the word “sex” used in the decades-old law.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Bob Eschliman

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