A Virginia-based court admitted parents made ‘compelling’ arguments but dismissed their lawsuit.

by Emily Mangiaracina

LifeSite News

August 17, 2023

RICHMOND, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — A federal appeals court on Monday dismissed, for “lack of standing,” a challenge to a school policy allowing students’ gender identity to be kept secret from parents.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit dismissed a case brought forth by three parents of children attending Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, in which the parents sued over what they termed the “Parental Preclusion Policy,” claiming it violated their “fundamental right to raise their children under the Fourteenth Amendment.”

The policy, adopted by the Montgomery County Board of Education in 2020, allows school officials to withhold information from parents about students’ “gender support plans” when the school judges a family to be unsupportive of their child’s gender identity.

While admitting that the plaintiffs made “compelling” arguments against the school policy, the court ruled that the parents did not claim “the type of injury required to show standing,” since the parents made no claims “that their children have gender support plans or are even struggling with issues of gender identity,” or that “information about their children is currently being withheld.”

​​U.S. Circuit Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum went on to note that the parents argued “they should be able to challenge the policy before they are injured.”

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