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August 3, 2016
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ATTORNEY GENERAL STRANGE PRAISES U.S. SUPREME COURT STAY OF
FEDERAL TRANSGENDER RESTROOM POLICY IN VIRGINIA CASE
Court Decision Could Ultimately Impact Multi-State Lawsuit Involving Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange welcomed a decision by the U.S.
Supreme Court today to stay a lower federal court order forcing a Virginia high school to allow
transgender access to school restrooms based on gender preference, not the sex of the student.
“This is a positive development and an indication that the U.S. Supreme Court could eventually
overturn the Obama administration’s order mandating that America’s public schools allow
students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity rather than sex,” said
Attorney General Strange.
“The Supreme Court’s 5 to 3 decision in the case of Gloucester County School Board v G.G.
certainly raises the possibility that the High Court will also rule in support of a separate legal
challenge against the Obama administration filed by Alabama and ten other states in May.
“As I stated in my letter to the Alabama State Board of Education in May, the recent federal
transgender restroom directive to America’s public schools is based on a legally erroneous
interpretation of federal law and will not stand up to legal scrutiny,” added Attorney General
Supreme Court Stay Attached
Link to AG Strange Letter to State Board of Education
Link to Alabama Lawsuit Press Release
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BREYER, J., concurring
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
GLOUCESTER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD v. G. G.,
BY HIS NEXT FRIEND AND MOTHER,
ON APPLICATION TO RECALL AND STAY
[August 3, 2016]
The application to recall and stay the mandate of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in
case No. 15-2056, presented to THE CHIEF JUSTICE and by
him referred to the Court, is granted and the preliminary
injunction entered by the United States District Court for
the Eastern District of Virginia on June 23, 2016, is
hereby stayed pending the timely filing and disposition of a
petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a
writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate
automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certi-
orari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the issu-
ance of the judgment of this Court.
JUSTICE BREYER, concurring.
In light of the facts that four Justices have voted to
grant the application referred to the Court by THE CHIEF
JUSTICE, that we are currently in recess, and that grant-
ing a stay will preserve the status quo (as of the time the
Court of Appeals made its decision) until the Court con-
siders the forthcoming petition for certiorari, I vote to
grant the application as a courtesy. See MedellÌn v. Texas,
554 U. S. 759, 765 (2008) (BREYER, J., dissenting).
JUSTICE GINSBURG, JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, and JUSTICE
KAGAN would deny the application.