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Supreme Court declines to hear transgender bathroom dispute


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The Washington Examiner

Kaelan Deese
January 16, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider a dispute surrounding an Indiana transgender student’s bid to use preferred bathrooms on Tuesday, leaving in place an appeals court ruling favoring the student.

The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville asked the justices to conclude that there should be no requirement to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their choosing. The high court declined to wade into the contentious topic in an unsigned order on Tuesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled against the school district in 2023, upholding a district court judge’s injunction that allowed several transgender students to use bathrooms that don’t correspond with their biological sex.

A decision not to intervene means that lawsuits in lower courts nationwide over transgender bathroom disputes will continue, as judges have reached a variety of conclusions on the question. Due to the divergent rulings, the Supreme Court is likely to weigh in on this matter in the future.

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