Officials from six states have filed a brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals formally opposing Title IX protections for transgender students.
These six sacks of shit aren't merely opposing equal protection under the law, they're refusing to even recognize transgender people as the gender they identify as.
This is categorically dismissive.
The brief, filed by the states of South Carolina, West Virginia, Arizona, and Mississippi along with the governors of Maine and North Carolina, stipulates that transgender people deserve no protections under Title IX’s restrictions on discrimination on the basis of sex. Relying on dictionary definitions, the states assert that “sex is a biological reality, unlike subjective or cultural constructions of gender or gender identity.” Since Grimm was assigned the sex of female at birth, refusing him access to the boys’ restroom is not discrimination on the basis of sex because he’s being treated the same as all other “females.”
These states are essentially arguing that they aren't discriminating against a transgender boy because he is not really a boy. To say that is to not even recognize or acknowledge transgender identity.
I can't imagine this ghastly backwoods brief will hold much weight in the Fourth Circuit but, if I'm wrong and, actually, even if I'm right, this could be headed for the Supreme Court.
It wouldn't seem like a stretch to me to say these states are asking the Fourth Circuit to decide if being transgender is even real and they may ask the Supreme Court to do the same.