Supreme Court Won’t Hear Parent’s Arguments on Transgender Policy in Schools

( – The Supreme Court has declined to listen to any of the Maryland parents who are attempting to sue a school district for its policies regarding the enforcement of gender transition of students without parent’s consent.

The case, which is named John and Jane 1 v. Montgomery County Board of Education, is ultimately focused on whether or not the parents have standing to file a suit at all. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the parents in Montgomery County did not have standing to file suits.

The parents argued that the school district’s gender identity policy authorized concealing information from parents about a child’s preferred pronouns and gender identity. The Fourth Circuit denied parents standing because they did “not allege that their children have gender support plans, are transgender or even struggling with issues of gender identity.”

The executive director of American First Legal, Gene Hamilton, weighed in on the decision, saying, “Federal judges across the United States are abjectly failing to do precisely what they should do: declare what the law is and adjudicate cases and controversies between specific parties with specific claims.”

“An overwhelming number of federal judges are hiding behind false understandings of ‘standing’ and the role of federal courts as properly understood by the founders,” Hamilton said. He continued, “Until that changes, sadly, we are going to see more righteous cases dismissed by judges who lack the courage to do their fundamental duty.”
Kayla Toney, counsel at First Liberty Institute who also filed a brief in the case said, “Parental rights are under attack across the nation, and policies that keep gender transitions secret from parents are especially harmful to parents from many different faith backgrounds.”
“That is why we are disappointed that the Supreme Court did not grant certiorari in this case, and we will continue to advocate for religious parents,” she continued.

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