Appeals court refuses to rehear transgender restroom case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court won’t reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling that a transgender teen must be allowed to use the boys’ restroom at school.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Gloucester County School Board’s appeal on Tuesday.

The school board had asked for a full-court review after a three-judge panel said schools are bound by Department of Education guidelines, which say students must be allowed to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The sex discrimination claim was brought by Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male.

In a dissent of Tuesday’s decision, Judge Paul Niemeyer said the “momentous nature” of the issue deserves consideration before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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