Transgender Restroom Case Headed to the Supreme Court

by Ken Ham on July 27, 2016
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Transgender restroom access has been and continues to be a very sensitive subject here in America. Well, the first transgender restroom case may be headed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). A Virginia school board has asked the Supreme Court to review a case regarding a 17-year-old transgender student who sued the school for not allowing him, as a biological female, to use the male restrooms.

Attorneys representing the school board said,

Depriving parents of any say over whether their children should be exposed to members of the opposite biological sex, possibly in a state of full or complete undress, in intimate settings deprives parents of their right to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, the group representing the student, said, “It is sad that the school board members and their lawyers have so little regard for the impact their misguided actions are having on a real teenager's life.” But this brings up the question—what about the real teenagers’ lives who are impacted by having a person of a different biological sex in their restroom or locker room?

Sadly, these courts will not be looking to God’s Word for guidance and wisdom in how to handle these issues.

Schools in the United States are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of sex, but it remains to be seen if SCOTUS will interpret this to include “sexual orientation” as well. By rejecting God’s obvious design of male and female (Genesis 1:27), our culture has created all kinds of questions that must be answered in the courts. Sadly, these courts will not be looking to God’s Word for guidance and wisdom in how to handle these issues. Instead they will likely look to man’s opinions. And remember what that means:

Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

God’s Word is clear that we are created male and female: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, referred to this very fact in the New Testament:

Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female.” (Matthew 19:4–5)

Of course, sin has affected everything—including God’s good design for gender—and in our sin-cursed world, some people struggle with this issue. This calls for compassion and love from Christians. But compassion and love doesn’t mean we need to embrace and celebrate personal choices that go against God’s design and Word. It calls for a proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message that we can be forgiven of our sin and receive eternal life.

We also need to be reminded that:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Learn more about transgender issues and a biblical response in this article from Answers magazine, “Transgender Identity—Wishing Away God’s Design.”

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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