Liberty Counsel filed an appeal at the Virginia Supreme Court of the Fairfax County Circuit Court’s wrongful dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the School Board of Fairfax County, Virginia. Liberty Counsel sued the school board for illegally changing its nondiscrimination policy and adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Virginia Civil Rights Laws explicitly prohibit local governing bodies from altering the state’s nondiscrimination policy.
Liberty Counsel’s appeal demands that the Fairfax Court adhere to the state laws. Yesterday, North Carolina passed a law that prevents cities and counties from adding categories to their local anti-discrimination laws. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the legislation, which will overturn the recent ordinance passed in Charlotte that added “gender identity” to the local ordinance.
“The Fairfax County School Board has no authority to add new categories to the state nondiscrimination law. The state law requires that the nondiscrimination categories be uniform,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Not only was the school board wrong and its actions unlawful, the board has placed its students at risk by allowing boys to use the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms. The board’s actions lack common sense,” said Staver.
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