The Trump administration was struck an unexpected blow this week by the Supreme Court.
In what many conservatives consider to be a stunning decision, the Supreme Court is refusing to hear a case concerning the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, a clear victory for liberals and transgender rights advocates.
The current case before the court revolves around a Pennsylvania suburb high school.
At the time the suit was filed, a student claimed that they felt uncomfortable changing in the locker room in front of a transgender student. The case was presented as a violation of privacy.
The state school board has dictated that the use of gender-specific facilities will be granted to transgender students on a case-by-case basis. The school also took measures to make individuals feel more comfortable in this situation.
Group showers were replaced by individual stalls and open bathrooms were also replaced with individual stalls. Additionally, single-user bathroom units were put in place.
Local courts sided with the school district policy, as did the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The next step for the plaintiffs in the case was to take the case to the Supreme Court.
Not Ready Yet
The U.S. Supreme Court does not appear ready to take on this highly controversial subject just yet, as the justices voted to refuse the case.
With that decision, the lower courts’ ruling will remain in place.
This means transgender students, on a case-by-case basis, will be awarded the use of facilities based on the gender they identify as, rather than their biological sex.
The only good news for conservatives in this matter is there is no national precedent being set with the refusal of the case.
Regardless, it is a major win for transgender rights advocates and a crushing blow to conservatives that thought with the current makeup of the court, this wrong would finally be righted.