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US Supreme Court Blocks Bathroom Choice for Transgender Teen

FILE - Gavin Grimm is interviewed at his home in Gloucester, Virginia, Aug. 25, 2015. Grimm is a transgender student whose demand to use the boys' bathrooms has divided the community and prompted a lawsuit.

The U.S. Supreme Court has put on hold a groundbreaking court ruling that required a Virginia school district to accommodate a transgender high school student’s request to use the boys’ bathroom.

The high court agreed Wednesday to allow the Gloucester County School Board to bar Gavin Grimm from using the bathroom that matches his gender identity, until the justices decide whether to review an appeals court ruling in his case.

The justices split, 5-3, on the issue, with Democratic-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer agreeing with the four Republican appointees. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan opposed the stay.

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of the 17-year-old Grimm to challenge the school board's bathroom policy, which requires transgender students to use alternative restroom facilities.

Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, has undergone hormone therapy and has legally changed his name.