SCOTUS declines to hear case where parents don’t want transgender students sharing bathroom facilities

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The Supreme Court declined on Dec. 7 to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who don’t want their children sharing bathrooms with other genders – but at least the COVID pandemic is making the matter somewhat moot.

Out of concern for their children’s safety and wellbeing, the parents wanted to prevent students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than those for their actual, biological sex at birth.

The case originated at a school district near Salem, Oregon’s capital, the Associated Press reported. The notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had upheld a Dallas, Ore., school district policy that lets transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender they want to be. Parents sued over the policy in 2017, saying it caused their non-gender-confused children embarrassment and stress.

A lower court refused to block the policy and the appeals court affirmed the ruling, writing that the school district did not violate students’ constitutional rights or a law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs.

About 15,000 people live in Dallas, a town in an agricultural area 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Salem.

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