Supreme Court rejects appeal of Indiana school in transgender bathroom controversy

 January 17, 2024

The Supreme Court has declined the appeal of an Indiana school that wants to keep male and female bathrooms separate.

The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville, Indiana asked the Supreme Court to uphold its ban on transgender bathrooms, but the court sidestepped the issue in a brief order Tuesday.

Transgender bathroom controversy

Lower courts blocked the school from separating its bathrooms by gender, citing the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and Title IX, a federal civil rights law that bars discrimination in education on the basis of sex.

The Indiana case was brought by the mother of a former middle school student who identifies as male.

The Chicago-based 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that the transgender student and two others who joined the case "appear to be boys in the eyes of the State of Indiana" after they changed their legal names and birth certificates.

"It would be contrary to Indiana law for the school districts to treat [them] as though they are not boys and to require them to use the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms," the court wrote.

Supreme Court ducks bathroom case

At the time, the appeals court predicted that the Supreme Court "will step in with more guidance than it has furnished so far."

But the Supreme Court has been generally reluctant to wade into the bathroom issue, which has become a culture war in states across the country. A handful of states have passed laws banning gender-neutral bathrooms in schools.

Lawyers for the Indiana school asked the Supreme Court to “preserve the autonomy of school boards to make decisions."

Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita (R) criticized the Supreme Court for ducking an opportunity to resolve the issue, which has divided federal appeals courts.

"It makes little sense for SCOTUS not to resolve the difference in federal cases -— but because of this split — children in other parts of this country will be properly protected,” his office told the New York Post.

“Unfortunately for now, our schools will be forced to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom they feel corresponds to the gender identity they’ve picked to use on that day."

In 2020, the Supreme Court's conservative majority controversially ruled that civil rights protections in the workplace apply to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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