Judges reject parents’ challenge to schools’ gender ID policies

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a Maryland school district policy that hides information from parents about their child’s “gender identity.”

Under Montgomery County Board of Education guidelines, parents deemed “unsupportive” will not be notified if their child undergoes a “gender transition” at school, court documents show. The justices declined to hear an appeal from three parents who challenged the plan, upholding a lower court ruling that found they had no standing to challenge the policy.


The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last August that the parents had no standing because their own children were not undergoing or considering gender transition.

“Absent a status-creating injury, federal courts lack the power to hear parents’ objections to the Guidelines,” the majority opinion said. “That doesn’t mean their objections are invalid.”

Judge Paul Niemeyer, an appointee of President George H. W. Bush, wrote in a dissent that the majority’s decision “unnecessarily subjects parents to a mandatory policy that draws discussion of gender issues from the family circle to the public schools, without any recourse. of story by the parents”, and adds:

The majority’s conclusion, in the circumstances of this case, is an unfortunate abdication of judicial duty on a very important constitutional issue that directly harms and is likely to continue to harm the Parents in this case by usurping their constitutionally protected role to appropriate.

The parents told the Supreme Court in their November petition that the issue was “not going away.”

“Schools across the country in recent years have adopted policies similar to those here, requiring school staff to hide from parents — lying if necessary — that the school is helping their child transition at school,” they wrote .

Originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation