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Judge throws out lawsuit to challenge school board’s trans anti-discrimination policy

Joseph McCormick February 21, 2016
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A judge has thrown out a lawsuit which hoped to challenge protections for transgender young people.

The lawsuit had challenged the Fairfax County Public Schools.

Why? Because in December its board voted to outlaw discrimination based on gender identity.


Andrea Lafferty, the head of the Traditional Values Coalition, and a student who was not named, sued the school board.

They argued that it would allow boys to use girls’ toilets, and girls to use boys’ restrooms.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Lafferty said she would appeal the decision, which was made on Friday by Fairfax County Circuit Court judge.

The lawsuit had been filed in December by the adamantly homophobic Liberty Counsel on behalf of the plaintiffs.

A group representing LGBT employees of the school district, FCPS Pride, wrote on its Facebook page: “Our nondiscrimination policies are safe.”

On Friday, Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel chair said: “Civil rights are coded in Virginia law… In changing the nondiscrimination laws, the school board acted recklessly and unlawfully.”

Related topics: Andrea Lafferty, liberty counsel, Trans, Transgender, US

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