Thursday, June 09, 2016

4th Circuit Court Lifts Stay On Order Granting Transgender Student Restroom Rights

Locally, the political whores on the Gloucester County School Board who have sold their souls rather than offend the sensibilities of hate and fear filled Christofascists suffered another loss today as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Court lifted its stay on its order finding in favor of high school student Gavin Grimm that granted transgender students restroom rights consistent with the Department of Education's reading of Title IX.   The stay had gone into effect when the Christofascists puppets on the school board filed a motion indicating the board's intent to appeal the 4th Circuit's ruling to the United States Supreme Court - which is likely to refuse the appeal if the Court remains split 4-4.  Of course, if the petition languishes and if Hillary Clinton wins the White House (and better yet, the Democrats retake control of the U. S. Senate) a nationwide ruling in favor of transgender rights might be in the future.  Blogger friend Joe Jervis reports on this development as follows:

A three-judge panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals just denied the stay motion filed Wednesday by Virginia’s Gloucester County School Board, which seeks to thwart the federal mandate on transgender student rights. That filing two days ago had triggered an automatic stay on the pro-trans April order while the Court considered their demand. The vote today was 2-1. Equality Case Files has today’s ruling. The Fourth Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and (hello) North Carolina.

The summary lifting of the stay - which means Gloucester County - and North Carolina - must comply absent a stay issued by the Supreme Court reads as follows:

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I only wish the School Board members would be required to pay all of the county's legal costs - and those of Grimm - out of their personal pockets.  

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