(SFGN) The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would no longer hear the case of Gavin Grimm vs. the Gloucester County School Board, scheduled for March 28. The case was expected to set precedent for federal oversight on matters of antidiscrimination protections for public school students based on gender identity.
Gavin’s case focuses on Title IX protections, and allowing transgender students to use restrooms and consistent with their gender identity. Previous Title IX guidelines issued by the Obama administration had extended protections for this, as well as to allow students to be called by their preferred pronouns, for students to wear a tuxedos or dresses for school photos and events, based upon how they identify.
The order remands the case to the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The decision comes after the Trump administration rolled back the Obama-era protections, arguing that federal involvement was an overreach, and the issue was best left up to each state.
Joshua Block, an ACLU attorney representing Gavin said in a statement:
Nothing about today’s action changes the meaning of the law. Title IX and the Constitution protect Gavin and other transgender students from discrimination. While we’re disappointed that the Supreme Court will not be hearing Gavin’s case this term, the overwhelming level of support shown for Gavin and trans students by people across the country throughout this process shows that the American people have already moved in the right direction and that the rights of trans people cannot be ignored. This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we’ll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
The 4th Circuit could in turn send the case back to Virginia trial court, to be decided by the state.