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Liberty Counsel appeals dismissal of lawsuit against Fairfax County School Board

GayRVA Staff | March 24, 2016

Last month, a Fairfax County judge tossed out a lawsuit Liberty Counsel brought against the county’s school board in an attempt to reverse protections for transgender students and staff.  The Christian legal organization said then they planned to appeal it, and that’s exactly what they have done.

Libery Counsel filed an appeal of the judge’s decision with the Virginia Supreme Court t earlier this month according to the Washington Blade.

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.” Read more on that here.

President of FCPS Pride Robert Rigby Jr., a group of LGBT employees that represent the school district,  had this response for Liberty Counsel in a press release released Tuesday:

“With these tactics, Liberty and their allies seek to delay FCPS’ progress in developing policies, regulations, resources for families, and trainings for staff and students to implement fair and successful treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, their families, staff and applicants,” said Rigby.

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.