BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules That Virginia School Board May Temporarily Block Trans Student Rights

Reuters reports:

A Virginia school board may temporarily block a transgender student who was born a girl from using the boys’ bathroom while a legal fight over transgender rights proceeds on appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday. The case is the first time the fight over transgender bathroom rights has reached the Supreme Court.

In a brief order, the Supreme Court stayed an order from a lower court that had permitted the high school student to use the bathroom of his choice. The eight-member court voted 5-3 to stay the lower court’s order.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would have denied the school board’s request that it be able to block a student from exercising choice in use of a bathroom, according to the Supreme Court’s order.

UPDATE: The National Center for Lesbian Rights reacts.

“While disappointing, today’s ruling by the Supreme Court is just a temporary delay. Especially in light of Justice Breyer’s statement that his vote for a stay was a mere ‘courtesy’ to preserve the status quo while the Court considers whether to review the decision, this should not be taken as any sign of where a majority of the Court is leaning on the substantive question of whether Title IX protects transgender students. Across the country, courts and policymakers are recognizing that discrimination against transgender people is sex discrimination. We are confident that if and when this issue reaches the Supreme Court, the Court will affirm that recognition.”