While the Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear a challenge to the non-discrimination policy in the commonwealth’s largest school district, the lead counsel in the case warns that the impact of the court’s decisions will go far beyond bathrooms and eventually impact every student – including to the point where boys will be “bedding down” with girls on overnight school trips.
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver says oral arguments before the court could take place late this year or early 2017, with a final decision likely to come early next year as well.
At issue is the Fairfax County Public Schools policy allowing students and adults to access restrooms, showers and locker rooms based on their “gender identity” or “gender expression” rather than their biological sex. Staver is arguing that the board of education in Fairfax County did not have the power to change that policy because of a state rule forbidding local jurisdictions from implementing policies in excess of what the commonwealth permits.
“I think it sets back on the heels, not only Fairfax County but any other entity or school board that wants to do this unlawful act by adding sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression to the non-discrimination categories,” Staver told WND and Radio America. “That’s has to be done on a uniform, statewide basis.”
He says the decision in this case is critical since other districts in Virginia, including Prince William County – the second largest in the state – are on the brink of following the lead of Fairfax County.
“Prince William County is the next one in line. The county system there wants to consider adding this to their policy like Fairfax. That’s coming up in the next couple of days. They’ve got to make a decision and we’re cautioning them, ‘Do not go down this road because if you do, we will sue you,'” Staver said.
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In 2015, voters gave control of the Prince William County Board of Education to candidates endorsed by the Democrats after a pledge of doing more to empower teachers and reduce class sizes. The non-discrimination policy was mentioned on none of those candidates’ websites. Citizens are being asked to contact members of the board in advance of the upcoming vote to submit their opinions on the issue.
Staver also asserts that the debate goes far beyond bathrooms and showers. He says the policy would also allow biological males identifying as females to room with girls on out-of-town trips.
“It’s not just using bathrooms and showers and locker rooms; it’s actually bedding down with them in the same room, bunking with them just like multiple girls would bunk in a hotel room if the band or the cheerleaders would take an overnight trip,” Staver said.
This policy is already in effect in some parts of the country. Anne Arundel County, Maryland, drew controversy for not only permitting transgenders to have roommates based on their gender identity but that that parents of other students had no right to know about it.
However, even if scenarios of girls encountering biological males in intimate spaces does not materialize in a given school, Staver says the LGBT agenda will be pounded into students in those public schools from Day 1.
“You also have this injected into the curriculum so that it looks it looks normal, so that as young as kindergarten kids are taught there is no binary construct of male and female, that it’s a continuum, a long spectrum, there’s all kinds of things. You can be male, female; you can be neither,” he said. “You can be in a male body but be a female in your mind.
“All of these things will be part of the curriculum in the teaching from kindergarten up. The confusion this will cause is incalculable.”