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SCOTUS rejects appeal on Oregon inclusive restroom policy

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a lawsuit that aimed to overturn an inclusive restroom policy in an Oregon school district.

OregonLive reported that the lawsuit had been brought by parents who wanted to prevent transgender students from using the locker rooms and restrooms for their gender. They were suing a school district near Oregon’s capital of Salem.

The parents sued in 2017, according to the news website, and a federal appeals court in San Francisco had upheld the policy.

The decision means that a federal appeals court decision affirming the policy stands.

“[Monday]’s decision is excellent news for transgender students,” said Mara Keisling, executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality. “The 9th Circuit Court, like so many other courts before it, has recognized the rights of transgender students. Today’s decision means that court’s decision stands and that trans students in Dallas, Oregon, can use the appropriate locker room and bathroom. The school district developed a thoughtful policy and it has been upheld by the courts.”

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