Supreme Court rejects challenge to Pennsylvania policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms matching gender identity

The justices declined to take up the case without explanation.

May 28, 2019, 10:41 AM

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it has blocked a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district policy that allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

In 2017, a group of cisgender school students sued Boyertown Area School School District alleging a violation of bodily privacy, Title IX, and state tort law. The District Court and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals both upheld the school's policy.

"The presence of transgender students in the locker and restrooms is no more offensive to constitutional or Pennsylvania law privacy interests that the presence of the other students who are not transgender," the 3rd Circuit wrote.

The students, who have been represented by the Christian advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the justices declined to take up the case without explanation dealing a legal victory to transgender students.

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