Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement Tuesday in response to a 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling:
“People need to wake up: Roy Cooper, Barack Obama, two unelected federal judges and the liberal media are on the verge of completing their radical social reengineering of our society by forcing middle school-aged girls to share school locker rooms with boys. House Bill 2 was our effort to stop this insanity, and I hope this proves the bathroom safety bill has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with protecting women's privacy and keeping men out of girls' bathrooms."
On Tuesday two judges on the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted to reverse an earlier ruling that dismissed part of a lawsuit seeking to end commonsense policies allowing students to use either single-stall bathrooms or those designated to their biological sex – and instead mandate shared dual-sex bathrooms in schools.
In a dissenting opinion, Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote:
“This unprecedented holding overrules custom, culture, and the very demands inherent in human nature for privacy and safety, which the separation of such facilities is designed to protect. More particularly, it also misconstrues the clear language of Title IX and its regulations. And finally, it reaches an unworkable and illogical result,” and
“This holding completely tramples on all universally accepted protections of privacy and safety that are based on the anatomical differences between the sexes…”