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Federal appeals court backs Florida school district that blocked transgender student from using boys bathroom

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A federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Florida school district’s policy of segregating school restrooms by biological sex.

The 11th U.S. Court of Appeals for the Circuit ruled Friday 7-4, stating that the St. Johns County Board of Education should not discriminate against transgender students on the basis of gender or use gender neutrality for transgender students. It ruled that he did not violate federal civil rights law by making the request. Bathrooms or bathrooms that match your biological gender.

The court’s decision found that seven judges appointed by Republican presidents sided with the school district and four judges appointed by Democratic presidents voted for Drew Adams, a biological woman. He stood by and sued the school district in 2017 for not allowing him to use it. Men’s toilets.

A three-judge panel in the Court of Appeals backed Adams in 2020, but the full Court of Appeals decided to take up the case.

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Gender neutral public restroom sign. Genderless and disabled toilets.

Gender neutral public restroom sign. Genderless and disabled toilets.
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Justice Barbara Lagoa said in the majority that the school board’s policy advances an important government objective of protecting student privacy in school restrooms. She said the school district’s policy is based on biological sex, not gender identity, so it’s not against the law.

Justice Jill Pryor wrote a dissenting opinion that the interests of privacy protection are not absolute and must coexist with the basic principle of equality, especially where exclusion implies inferiority.

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Several states have banned transgender student-athletes from participating in teams that conform to their gender identity.

Several states have banned transgender student-athletes from participating in teams that conform to their gender identity.
(AP Photo/Samuel Metz, File)

Two other federal appeals courts have ruled that transgender students can use restrooms that match their identity.

Friday’s decision makes it more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the matter.

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Protesters speak out in support of promoting transgender ideology in schools during a pro-transgender march.

Protesters speak out in support of promoting transgender ideology in schools during a pro-transgender march.
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“This is an extraordinary decision that contradicts all other Circuit Court decisions to consider this issue nationwide,” said Tara, a spokesperson for Lambda Legal, an LGBT advocacy group that provided Adams with support. Borelli told Fox News Digital in a statement.

Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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