A lawsuit filed against Fairfax Couty Public Schools in an attempt to reverse protections for transgender students and staff was dismissed by a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge Friday according to the Washington Post,
Andrea Lafferty, President of Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed student sued the school board in December claiming that “the board overstepped its authority when it changed its policies to ban discrimination against gay and transgender students and staff because state law does not include such protections.”
Liberty Counsel, the Christian legal group representing Lafferty and the student, released this statement back in December:
“Virginia law explicitly prohibits local governing bodies from adding to, or removing protected classes from, the state’s nondiscrimination policy.” “In direct defiance, Fairfax has added new groups to its policy twice now.”
Fairfax County School Board added protections for LGBTQ students and employees into their policy handbook in November of 2014. The push to add protections was followed by an opinion issued in March by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring reinterpreting state law to allow school districts to add protections without the approval of the General Assembly.
According to the Washington Post, Liberty Counsel will appeal the case on Monday.