COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Six states are challenging a lawsuit which seeks to allow transgender students to use opposite sex restrooms in public schools.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, along with the attorney generals of Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia and the governors of Maine and North Carolina submitted an amicus brief this week on behalf of a bipartisan group of the six states in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that opposes federal invasion into the authority of local school districts, according to a news release from the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.
Attorneys General Wilson of South Carolina, Mark Brnovich of Arizona, Jim Hood of Mississippi and Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia, along with Governors Paul LePage of Maine and Pat McCrory of North Carolina, signed the brief in the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.
The issue at hand is whether the federal government can force local school districts to mandate transgendered individuals to utilize their choice of gender-specific facilities, such as restrooms and locker rooms.
A transgender student at Virginia's Gloucester County High School, who was born a female, filed a lawsuit in June against the Gloucester County School Board. The student, identified as G.G., claimed the district's policy prevented them from using the boy's bathroom, violating Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 and the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. In September, a federal district judge denied GG's request for injunction. In October, the Obama Administration filed a brief with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of G.G.
The brief filed by the six states this week states, "This Court should hesitate long before becoming the first court ever, anywhere in the United States, to force schools to admit adolescent biological females into boys' bathrooms and locker rooms, and adolescent biological males into girls' bathrooms and locker rooms. If such a social revolution is to be wrought, it must come from the democratically elected legislature, not the courts or the executive."
To read the full brief, click here.