ADF joins legal fight over VA transgender case

Friday, February 3, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Gavin Grimm (VA school case)Alliance Defending Freedom has joined others in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court over a closely-watched Virginia case. 

The high court is expected to soon review a case involving a female high schooler who identifies as male and is suing for access to a male restroom. 

The student, Gavin Grimm (pictured above), sued the Gloucester County school board with help from the ACLU.

The Supreme Court announced last fall it will review the case after the 4th Circuit ruled in favor of Grimm and the school board appealed. 

ADF attorney Gary McCaleb, who filed the brief, predicts that many of the problems associated with the Obama administration's redefinition of Title IX could be solved when Betsy DeVos is approved as secretary of education.

"We have an excellent nominee for the Secretary of Education," McCaleb says of DeVos, a vocal proponent of education reform whose nomination is expected to come down to a close vote in the Senate. 

"As many of the problems that are now before the court came from misguided guidance from the Department of Education," says McCaleb, "we hope they both repudiate and rescind that guidance and again restore the conventional meaning that sex is male and female."

Title IX is a 1970s federal law demanding equality for women on school campuses, but the Obama-led Dept. of Education informed the country's school districts last year that Title IX also represents boys who identify as girls.

The interpretation was hailed by left-wing groups but many public schools ignored the ruling or sued to fight it, even though federal officials threatened to withhold federal funds if they failed to cave. 

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