Gloucester County School Board had asked for the injunction to be stayed while their lawyers worked on an appeal, but U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar denied the request saying the “appeals court’s actions indicated that it wanted its judgment to take effect immediately,” according to AP.
There’s still the actual trial to undergo, though the Fourth Circuit’s show of support for Grimm seems to bode well for his cause.
Schools that violate Title IX can lose federal funding which often makes up a bulk of their budget.
Doumar, who presides over the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, initially denied Gavin’s request for a preliminary injunction and dismissed his Title IX claim. ““You’re fighting an uphill battle,” said Doumar in the court room after denying testimony from the US Justice Department which had thrown their support behind Grimm and transgender students around the country.
This now pushes the case back to the lower court for a proper hearing. Sources closes to the case were told the Gloucester County School Board plans to appeal this case wherever and however possible, even going as far as the US Supreme Court for a final decision, so don’t expect a speedy resolution to this complicated issue.
There’s also no court date set yet, but GayRVA will continue to follow the case as it evolves.