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U.S. Supreme Court to take up Virginia transgender case, North Carolina sex offender case

The U.S. Supreme Court granted review today in five cases, including one out of North Carolina and a transgender bathroom case out of Virginia.

There was some speculation that the high court was going to pass on Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. to avoid a potential deadlock since it is down one justice and ideologically split 4-4. The court will determine whether a bathroom policy at a Virginia high school is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment and violates Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by schools.

ACLU of North Carolina Legal Director Chris Brook has said the organization is paying close attention to G.G. because it could have implications on its challenge to House Bill 2.

In response Friday to the review, the ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal, the LGBT advocates challenging HB2, released the following statement:

“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will affirm the sound decision from the Fourth Circuit and recognize the profound harms from rules that ban transgender individuals from using the restroom. For Gavin and other transgender students who are barred from using appropriate restrooms, every day these exclusionary and discriminatory policies are in place is extremely harmful. We will continue to fight H.B. 2 on behalf of transgender people across North Carolina.”

In Packingham v. North Carolina, justices will determine the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that makes it a felony for all registered sex offenders to access social networking sites that minors can join, including Facebook, YouTube and nytimes.com.

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