But ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio, while calling the decision “wildly disappointing,” vowed that the fight for transgender rights would continue:
“This is a detour, not the end of the road, and we’ll continue to fight for Gavin and other transgender people to ensure that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” added Joshua Block, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s LGBT Project and lead counsel for Grimm.
While Grimm’s case would have been the Supreme Court’s “first encounter with transgender rights,” as the New York Times put it, the paper also noted: “There are other cases on transgender rights in the pipeline, including a challenge to a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use bathrooms in government buildings that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificates. The law has drawn protests, boycotts and lawsuits.”
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