'Gender-affirmation' case could possibly end up with SCOTUS

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel brown 620x300A school district in Florida has come up with a commonsense policy that protects the privacy of all students – regardless of their identifed gender – but liberals still oppose it.

LGBTQ advocates have filed a lawsuit against St. Johns County School District to dismiss the district's "gender-affirmation" policy. Christiana Holcomb is legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which has filed an amicus brief in support of the physician-scientists who have argued that gender-affirmation treatments are not beneficial to students who identify with a "gender" that differs from their biological sex.

"[Those medical experts have testified that] these gender-affirmation treatments have no scientific basis, no medical support, and [that] really we're putting our children at risk by requiring schools to undergo and to utilize these gender-affirmation policies," she tells OneNewsNow.


Because of a lower-court ruling supporting the lawsuit, she says the case is now before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Alliance Defending Freedom has asked the 11th Circuit to reverse the lower court and really prioritize the well-being of children," she adds.

Holcomb believes there's a good chance the case could make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could resolve this issue once and for all.

The case originated in June 2017 when a transgender female student at a high school in St. Johns County sued the school after she was told she would no longer be allowed to use the boys' restroom and, instead, would have to use gender-neutral bathrooms on the campus. The student was represented by Lambda Legal, which argued the district's policy excluding transgender students from the restrooms that match their gender was unconstitutional.

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