11th Circuit backs St. Johns school board’s limitation on transgender bathroom use
A federal appeals court has sided with a Florida school board’s policy of restricting students’ use of male and female bathrooms based on their biological sex, thereby barring transgender students from using a bathroom aligned with their gender identity.
In a 7-4 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 30 found that the St. Johns County School District did not violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause or the federal Title IX law by limiting the students’ use of male and female bathrooms based on their sex at birth.
“Separating school bathrooms based on biological sex passes constitutional muster and comports with Title IX,” the opinion states.
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