The 2-1 decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court judge’s ruling last year denying relief to the student, Gavin Grimm, now a high school junior in Gloucester County, Va.
Because the 4th Circuit includes North Carolina, the ruling could have an impact on that state’s recently passed law banning local ordinances guaranteeing bathroom access sought by transgender individuals. The Obama administration has said it is considering taking away funding for schools and other entities in the state that discriminate against transgender people. The new ruling could bolster the administration’s legal case for taking such steps.
The appeals court decision stopped short of declaring that transgender students at federally-supported schools have the right to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. However, the two-judge majority took a step in that direction by saying the lower court judge should have deferred to an Obama administration policy that interprets Education Department regulations to require schools to make such an accommodation.
Source: – POLITICO