Who won when Supreme Court refused to decide transgender bathroom rights case?
By Kevin Fobbs
[Originally published on March 6 at dailyheadlines.net]
Did President’s Trump’s recent revocation of Obama administration federal guidelines that gave transgender students the right to use public school restrooms impact Supreme Court’s decision to scrap case? The Supreme Court, had agreed few months earlier to hear the 17-year-old Gavin Grimm student’s case, suddenly decided to refuse to consider it, according to Fox News.
It appeared that after the Trump administration withdrew support for the previous administration’s policy it made the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit’s earlier pro-Grimm decision null and void. The Virginia high school student, who was born female and now identifies as a male wanted to use the bathroom he identified with as his gender.
One of the major considerations which possibly swayed the justices’ decision to avoid even having the case argued before them was the possibility that a decision would end in a 4-4 tie. With federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination still pending in the senate, some legal experts believe that once a new justice is aboard the court could reach a more definitive result.