From Karen England
|CapitolResource Family Alliance has added its name to a legal brief before the United States Supreme Court in defense of privacy for students in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms.
The brief was filed Wednesday by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys in support of petitioner Gloucester County School Board. The case that began when the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia sued the school district after the district declined to allow a female student to use the boys’ restrooms. The ACLU has erroneously asserted that the school board violated federal non-discrimination laws (Title IX) and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution by maintaining the traditional sex separation of school bathroom facilities.
In May of this year, the Obama administration through the U.S. departments of Education and Justice demanded that all public school districts throughout the country adopt this new legal interpretation or risk loss of federal funding.
A federal district court ruled in favor of Gloucester but this ruling was overturned in a divided 4th Circuit Court ruling in April.
“It is indeed sad that we must petition the highest court in the land to assure that boys and girls will have bodily privacy in school bathrooms and locker rooms,” said Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Family Alliance.
The friend of the court brief emphasizes the long history of sex-separated facilities based on the law and respect for bodily privacy noting:
“These courts have recognized that the constitutional right of bodily privacy is defined by reasonable expectations, not the bohemian leanings of a few, and that laws aimed at eliminating sex discrimination were designed to create equal opportunities for women and men, not to force new privacy mores on the American public.”
Read the brief here.