Story by Stephanie Whiteside 1/2/2023
Reported on MSN and NewsNation
(NewsNation) - A Florida appeals court has upheld a policy limiting which bathrooms transgender students can use.
The legal battle over bathrooms began in 2007, when Drew Adams was blocked from using the boy's restroom at his Florida high school.
Adams, who is transgender, sued the St. John's school board. The school's policy didn't allow students to use bathrooms that matched their gender identity, instead requiring they use a gender-neutral restroom or the bathroom facility corresponding with the sex they were assigned at birth.
In 2020, a three-judge panel from an appeals court sided with Adams, but that ruling was overturned on Friday, when the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the school board.
The court ruled the policy did not discriminate against transgender students based on sex or violate federal civil rights law. In the majority opinion, Judge Barbara Lagoa wrote, *The school board policy advances the important governmental objective of protecting students' privacy in school bathrooms."
The vote was split down party lines, with seven justices appointed by [Fascist-]Republican presidents siding with the school board and four justices appointed by Democratic presidents siding with Adams.
A lawyer representing Adams said in a statement that the ruling "contradicts the rulings of every other circuit." Two other federal appeals courts have ruled in favor of transgender students in similar cases, ruling they are entitled to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
*From Reuters: The inverted hypocrisy of [Fascist-]Republicans - Let’s start with government. The Republicans claim to want smaller and less intrusive government. Yet they vehemently demand tighter government controls over abortion, immigration, marital arrangements and sexual behavior. On other politically less salient issues such as drugs, prison reform, alcohol use by young adults and doctor-patient privacy, Republicans consistently support government intervention, sometimes to a bizarre degree...