Christian attorneys are warning about the impact of a federal judge's decision to overrule an Ohio school district that wanted to protect the privacy of girls' washrooms. That's why the decision has been appealed.
Late last month, a federal judge ruled the Highland Local Schools failed to persuasively argue that giving a biologically male student access to female facilities endangers other students' privacy or safety. In his ruling, Judge Algenon Marbley wrote:
"[S]chool districts that have encountered these very issues have been able to integrate transgender students fully into the academic and social community without disruption, and certainly without the doomsday scenarios Highland predicts, such as sexual predators entering an elementary-school restroom."
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute is deeply disappointed by Marbley's ruling.
"... What this amounts to is the effective continuation of the violation of privacy and safety and dignity of students, not just in this elementary school but literally throughout the country," he tells OneNewsNow.
According to the PJI president, Judge Marbley's decision isn't only a disservice to non-transgender students, it's also detrimental to those struggling with gender dysphoria.
The decision, he says, "will only affirm the confusion resulting in a horrific outcome in the end for children who wish to work through and should work through their gender identity confusion dysphoria in a constructive manner – not in a politicized, irresponsible manner."
Highland could have lost $1 million in education funds annually for violating the rule.
Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Doug Wardlow agrees with Dacus that the ruling prevents Highland from its duty to protect all students.
"The school district must consider them as well," says Wardlow, "and that's why it crafted a sound policy which respects the privacy concerns of all children and at the same time respects the diverse needs of individual children."
ADF is representing the Highland school board in its appeal of Marbley's decision. The case is Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. United States Department of Education.