Family Research Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2017
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Supreme Court Gives Good News to Parents, Students Concerned About Bathroom Privacy


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Family Research Council (FRC) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that the court is vacating and remanding the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.   The announcement came after the Justice Department and Department of Education issued new guidance rescinding an Obama administration edict to force schools to allow biological males to use girls' showers, locker rooms, and restrooms, and vice versa.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court has provided good news to parents and students concerned about privacy and safety in school showers, locker rooms and bathrooms. 

“In light of the Obama edict being withdrawn and this case now remanded, we are cautiously optimistic that the Fourth Circuit Court of appeals will reverse itself.   As the Fourth Circuit stated in its earlier opinion, it would ‘leave policy formulation to the political branches,’ for ‘the weighing of privacy interests or safety concerns’ was not to be left ‘to the courts.’

 “We are encouraged that policymakers and the Supreme Court are increasingly skeptical of the federal government forcing boys and girls to shower together, room together on school trips, and use the same locker rooms and bathrooms.

 “The American people have shown at the ballot box that they want to get away from Washington bureaucrats imposing a one-size fits all policy.   State and local officials working together with parents are best equipped to design policies that respect the dignity, privacy, and safety concerns of all students,” concluded Perkins.

To review Family Research Council’s amicus brief in the case, please see: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF17A11.pdf  

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