VIRGINIA: State Supreme Court Rejects Hate Group’s Attempt Overturn School District’s LGBT Protections

The Associated Press reports:

The Virginia Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a bid to overturn protections for gay and transgender students at a northern Virginia school district.

Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student filed a lawsuit after the Fairfax County School Board voted to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its non-discrimination policy. They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren’t included in state law.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling dismissing the lawsuit. The Supreme Court said Lafferty and the student lacked standing to bring the challenge. The justices wrote that the student’s “general distress” over the non-discrimination policy isn’t enough to allow him to bring a lawsuit against the school.

Lafferty’s group was represented by the losingest losers who ever lose’d out of Lose Town, the Liberty Counsel. They react via press release:

“While the Fairfax Country School Board temporarily dodged the issue, new developments in the application of this unlawful policy may result in a new suit. There is no doubt the school board intends to enforce this policy,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“Liberty Counsel is not finished fighting for the safety of Jack Doe and public school students in Fairfax County. We are exploring all possible avenues to further challenge these policies and are confident that we will prevail when the courts reach the merits of these challenges,” said Staver.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Andrea Lafferty is still a thing? I thought her and her dad (Lou Sheldon) were dead.

    • Ben in Oakland

      Lou was always pretty dead. Andrea just never got the memo about being soul dead.

      • nocadrummer

        I wouldn’t say he was “pretty”.

    • Jim Gallagher-Barker

      Unfortunately, as near as I can tell, he’s still alive. Granted, I’ve never been close enough to him to see him breathing…

    • Dean Cameron

      She passed on years ago.
      The Hair, however is still alive, and uses its roots to stimulate the brain to keep the body animate.

  • Boreal

    “Liberty Counsel is not finished f̶i̶g̶h̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶a̶f̶e̶t̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶J̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶D̶o̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶u̶b̶l̶i̶c̶ ̶s̶c̶h̶o̶o̶l̶ ̶s̶t̶u̶d̶e̶n̶t̶s̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶F̶a̶i̶r̶f̶a̶x̶ ̶C̶o̶u̶n̶t̶y̶.̶ ̶W̶e̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶l̶o̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶a̶v̶e̶n̶u̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶u̶r̶t̶h̶e̶r̶
    ̶c̶h̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶g̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶l̶i̶c̶i̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶f̶i̶d̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶v̶a̶i̶l̶ ̶w̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶r̶t̶s̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶c̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶e̶r̶i̶t̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶s̶e̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶l̶l̶e̶n̶g̶e̶s̶,̶ fundraising off yet another loss” said Staver.

    • kaydenpat

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      • BudClark


    • Bob Conti

      I’m looking for the button that says “accept all changes.”

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Is it possible that they’re secretly on our side?

      • ChrisMorley

        No. The ‘losingest losers who ever lose’d out of Lose Town, Liberty Counsel’, are the proudest output of the Law department of Liberty University, a huge Christian educational scam suckling hard on federal funding, founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by Jerry Falwell.

        Their dangling bits are constantly monitored for tumesence under The Liberty Way, the university’s code of conduct.

        • David Walker

          Jerry Falwell, about whom it always delights me to say, died alone and on the floor in his office…and continues to be dead.

          • GilGordon

            He died alone, just feet away from help…I guess you could say that his real “God”, had the last laugh on Jerry!

    • PeterC

      Too bad that Liberty did NOT file a case one the Merits of the
      Case on the first try.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      “If we don’t keep losing, we won’t get any more money to keep losing.”

  • kelven

    Sorry Bubba, you’re getting the vapors lacks merit. Suck it up, snowflake!

    • Stogiebear

      I think Judge Posner could actually get away with wording it that way.

  • kaydenpat

    “the safety of Jack Doe and other public students”

    How the hell is defending bigotry a safety issue? Delusional.

    • nocadrummer

      Because it’s not safe being around Jack Doe.

      • BudClark

        BINGO! For the win!

  • safari

    I want them to answer point blank if they think transgender students are a danger, because they sure as hell keep implying it. And the reporter shouldn’t settle until there is a clear answer.

    • JWC

      I firmly believe Transgenered student are more IN danger than theyARE a danger

      • edrex

        reality backs you up.

  • Bluto

    Just how in the fucking FUCK is jack motherfucking doe’s safety threatened in any fucking way by fucking not being allowed to fucking discriminate against other students?
    goddamn I’m so fuckin’ tired of these fuckers.

    • Todd20036

      Tired or horny?

      • David Walker


    • ByronK

      Hey! That’s my vocabulary! Give it back!

    • witch

      We all know it’s the parents doing this, the kid is going along because fear, brainwashing or both

      • Dave F.

        If the parents are that stupid odds are they passed on their defective genes. Somebody get some gene pool chlorine stat.

    • Mark

      Bluto – I want to be with you. Now.

    • PeterC

      Would you repeat that in normal English that is acceptable in a class room discussion.

      • Bluto

        That level of linguistic gymnastics is beyond my skill set.

    • Randy503

      I would love to read the court transcript. He would have had to take the stand, right?

  • Jay Silversmith

    Andrea needs to take up stamp collecting and stay out of other people’s underwear. And the liberty council need to have their naughty pee pees spanked.

  • Paula

    This must really must make them feel brave. They are working to stop < 100 teenagers in the state from being able to use the bathroom. They sound like some real brave warriors for jeebus. Picking on children that are vulnerable. That really pisses me off.

    • Stogiebear

      Anonymous special little snowflake had “general distress” so he should have taken some kaopectate, instead he filed a lawsuit. I’m going to start renaming these things to match their specialness: Joe Snowflake vs Fairfax County School Board. These fuckers deserve all the mockery that can be dished out to them.

  • PickyPecker

    Here’s hoping the parents of Fairfax county schools give their kids some extracurricular activities to take their fevered minds off sexuality!

    • safari

      or ASS

      • safari

        (If I was out in HS, I’d love to attend ASS Club)

        • edrex

          i’m sure there’s an adult chapter.

          • safari

            What makes you think I’m not already a member?

          • edrex

            good point.

          • JCF

            Member in ASS? Would never doubt it! ;-p~~~

    • Blake J Butler

      Awwww. He’s so fucking adorable.

    • Capritaur

      … and play with Satan’s big red crayon instead!

  • Capritaur

    Did they seriously sue on the grounds of a “student’s ‘general distress’ over the non-discrimination policy”? Special flakes much?

    • Tor

      If only I could have sued over my general distress at being harassed and knocked around in gym class locker rooms.

  • Ninja0980

    They sued over a “student’s ‘general distress”.
    Sounds to me like the student was upset he couldn’t bully his LGBT peers anymore without consequences and thus went to a group that does it for a living so he could go back to the “good” old days.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    At least the Liberty Counsel is consistent. They always lose.

    • ByronK

      I do love their consistency. If you can’t be the best at something, why not be the worst? It’s like upside down success. Like Nickleback.

  • penpal

    Wow, that’s fewer kids who will be trying to kill themselves because she didn’t get her way. Nice life work she’s pursuing.

    • Tor

      I suppose she’s “pro-life.” But only for the pre-born.

  • The_Wretched

    They argued that the policy is unlawful because such protections aren’t included in state law.

    This is not a legal argument. Local units of government are free to pass such rules and regs as they want to so long as they don’t contradict other higher level up laws. Government / civics 101.

    • Shy Guy

      Sadly that’s why the Republicans are rushing to pass “No protections more than in our barebones LGBT-free state law” bills across the country.

      • Tor

        Yup. That’s the answer.

  • Blake J Butler

    Ain’t that a bitch.

    Go peddle your bigoted beliefs elsewhere.

    Also a celebratory dancing bear clip.

  • LovesIrony

    Fucking ignorant kid you’ll drag this badge of bigotry with you your whole miserable life unless you stop with the persecution. What’s your fucking problem with gay people?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Lose-it-y Counsel

  • another_steve

    Virginia was, for years, Ground Zero for the American theofascist movement. Had Ken Cuccinelli won the 2013 election for Governor, the takeover would have been complete.

    Northern Virginia is progressive.

    Much of the rest of the state is Alabama.

    • Beagle

      Richmond is pretty reliable D territory. But, yes, VA elections often depend on where in Northern VA the voters turn R. It used to be western Fairfax Count, but Fairfax is now pretty firmly D.

    • Dazzer

      That is such a good gif.

      I wish I knew how to:
      1) find gifs
      2) post gifs.

      This one would be the first and most cherished in my collection.

      • Hank

        On my Apple, I just right click on the image/gif and either open it in another window/tab and do the same to download the gif to my download folder.
        To use a gif, I just write something on disqus, even 3 periods, then drag and drop the gif in the disqus window. Quite easy.

        • Tor

          You mean you don’t have to do things with right bracket left bracket asterisk ampersand?

      • ChrisMorley

        Find gifs >
        search in a big pile of gifs

        knit your own gifs

      • JCF

        Save this one by Right-Clicking to save it (you can generally directly upload GIFs now to Disqus—that didn’t use to be the case).

        You can find them by (surprise!) just Googling for what you’re looking for. You’d be surprised how often you can find exactly what you’re looking for (but I still haven’t found one for “Hillary Eating Popcorn”: closest I got is Kate McKinnon AS Hillary fake-eating a hotdog!).

        • Reality.Bites

          Odd… I didn’t think Kate McKinnon cared for wieners.

  • bkmn

    Libety Console doesn’t want to win a case because then donors night expect them to win more.

  • M Jackson

    Joe you’re beautiful when you’re angry.

  • ted-

    Christianity = hate and hypocrisy

  • MonochromeMouse

    Has liberty council ever won a single court case? I sincerely cannot remember reading about a single win of theirs, I distinctly remember their many many losses though.

    • their many losses. many many losses.

  • Joe in PA

    losingest losers who ever lose’d out of Lose Town….


    • Tor

      Good punctuation for a non-normal word.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Why do I get the feeling this won’t be the last attempt by these yahoos to destroy others’ lives? Could it be I can now tell the future?

    • Tor

      I, like you, have lived the past. It will be repeated.

    • UrsusArctos

      Past is prologue. Some places it’s never past. 2 Williams

    • It’s their basic strategy — the death of thousand cuts.

  • Pluto Animus

    I’m no lawyer, but even I know that cases like this go nowhere unless harm has been established.

    “Gays make me uncomfortable” doesn’t cut it in a court of law.

    • “Traditional values.?” Let’s see, as a lesbian, I follow these traditional values: honesty, love of neighbour, tolerance, courtesy, kindness, equality for all, …..”

      • Add in self-respect, respect for others, self-reliance, generosity, compassion.

        That’s the way I was raised.

  • Hank

    She looks like Victoria Jackson from SNL, who became an avid Right Wing Christianist!!!

    • Canadian Observer

      O/T Speaking of which, it has been a loooooong time since Joe shared with us any stories featuring Victoria Jackson. Is it Joe falling down on the job, or has someone been steering Victoria away from the media?

      • Tor

        Do not repeat that name again. We do not want to conjure her.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        I think Pastor Bob may have exorcised her, getting bored with Jezebal and all that.

  • Bob Conti

    I guess I can look for the moving papers online, but what in hell is the safety concern? Our super-gay powers? To get an injunction there has to be demonstrable harm, not some wishy washy hand-wringy thingy.

    • Tor

      It really hurts when you wring your hands too hard.

  • DesertSun59

    The ‘safety’ spoken of is, of course, the ‘right’ to bash a perceived or real gay or trans student.

  • shivadog

    Here is part of the complaint by “Jack Doe”
    The complaint alleges Jack Doe is: (1) “distressed” because he “has no idea what words or conduct might be interpreted as discriminating on the basis of ‘gender identity,’ and therefore does not know what speech or conduct might subject him to discipline”; (2) “distressed” because “he understands that the decision will mean that the restrooms, locker rooms and other intimate spaces . . . will now be open to students who might have the physical features of one sex but are permitted to use the bathroom of the opposite sex which the student ‘identifies’ as, whatever that means”; (3) unsure of whether he can question someone appearing to be a girl in his locker room or bathroom; (4) “nervous about having to think about every statement or action and its potential sexual connotations,” which causes him “significant distress to the point that it adversely affects his ability to participate in and benefit from the educational program”
    Definitely a fragile snowflake.

    • Randy503

      A whole lot of nothing written by lawyers to make it sound as grave as possible.

      • Tor

        Idiot lawyers.
        Just this very day, today, a woman, as I was exiting a private stall, a woman entered the men’s room. I did not feel the least endangered or that she might assault me. Was I foolish?

    • SammySeattle

      1) Ask
      2) Learn to deal with other humans
      3) Ask
      4) If you don’t act or speak like a douche, you’ll be fine

      • Dean Cameron

        That is why they invented questions, I believe.

    • Canadian Observer

      I am often distressed, severely distressed, by having to deal with stupid people. Alas, there is no court remedy for that either.

    • Stogiebear

      It sounds like his parents never went to the trouble to teach him how to function at the most minimal polite social level outside of his immediate family so that he could be mainstreamed into the public schools. Perhaps the comforting remedy is for the school district to place him into an educational environment befitting his ability to socialize and then work up to mainstreaming him.

      • Tor

        Yes, perhaps he is the one who should be offered a special bathroom and separate changing facility.

    • Tor

      Put that in a sort of different context, and you’ve just described every gay youth that ever went to school. You live and you survive, bitch.

    • Beagle

      I experienced some distress at around 4 this morning. I felt better after half an hour in the bathroom. The only remaining effect is feeling tired because waking up at 4 in the morning is not a way to get a good night’s sleep.

  • Gerry Fisher

    >Lafferty’s group was represented by the losingest losers who ever lose’d out of Lose Town, the Liberty Counsel.

    This was so good that I just had to copy it and marvel a while longer. Ahhhh, yes! [big smile]

  • baruchzed

    Bigots suck.

  • TrollopeReader

    So ADF AND Liberty Counsel on the same day?!! wheee !!

  • JCF
  • BudClark

    Why are most female haterz coked-out badly-bleached blonds with incipient double chins?

    • Tor

      It’s a look.

  • KnownDonorDad

    I’ll take this TVC isntead.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Oh, what a wonderful, beautiful man he was—-

  • KQCA

    Humankind is leaving the bigots in the road behind.

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  • greenmanTN

    I suppose it’s possible for her to look more like a cow, but it would take an act of God.

  • SnowFlake

    It gets tiresome reading about all these hateful people. It never ends.

  • GilGordon

    Nothing says hatred…like the make believe followers of Christ!!!