RICHMOND, Va. (TheBlaze/AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says a Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boy's bathroom at his school until it decides whether to intervene in his case.
The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School board to bar Gavin Grimm from the bathroom that matches his gender identity until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.
This Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015 photo shows Gavin Grimm speaks during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va. Grimm is a transgender student whose demand to use the boys' restrooms has divided the community and prompted a lawsuit. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided in April with Grimm, who argued the policy barring him from using the boys bathroom violated federal education discrimination law.
The school board says it plans to ask the Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision by late August.
The high court put Grimm's federal discrimination lawsuit temporarily on hold.
The case has divided the small Virginia town for nearly a year and is one of several such cases across the country.
This Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015 photo shows the front sign of the Gloucester County High school in Gloucester, Va. Gavin Grimm a transgender student at the school whose demand to use the boys' restrooms has divided the community and prompted a lawsuit. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
“If they’re not fixed like a man, they should not use the men’s bathroom,” Gary Pilkinton told a reporter last year outside the local Wal-Mart in Gloucester County, Virginia. Others, however, voiced a different opinion.
“I don’t care what bathroom he uses. Just don’t go potty on the hallway floor," Cheryl Walker said.