December 24, 2015 at 7:30 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Liberty Counsel sues Va. school district
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‘It was the reckless, unlawful conduct of the school board that brought unnecessary legal costs upon the district,’ said Liberty Counsel Chair Mat Staver. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

FAIRFAX, Va. — The Liberty Counsel on Dec. 21 filed a lawsuit that challenges the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Fairfax County School District’s anti-discrimination policy.

The lawsuit — filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court — names Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition and an unnamed minor as plaintiffs. The boy’s parents and two of their friends are also named in the complaint.

The Liberty Counsel alleges that members of the Fairfax County School Board violated Virginia law when they added the LGBT-specific protections to the district’s anti-discrimination in November 2014 and May 2015.

“It was the reckless, unlawful conduct of the school board that brought unnecessary legal costs upon the district,” said Liberty Counsel Chair Mat Staver in a press release that announced the lawsuit.

The anti-discrimination policy became an issue in this year’s school board election.

Dalia Palchik in November defeated Republican Patty Reed, who abstained from a vote on adding gender identity to the regulation. Elizabeth Schultz, who voted against the trans-inclusive measure, ran unopposed.

The Traditional Values Coalition endorsed both Reed and Schultz.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • “It was the reckless, unlawful conduct of the school board that brought unnecessary legal costs upon the district….”

    “…And so we’re going to make sure those legal costs become even greater, by launching a nuisance lawsuit with zero change of success.”

    • That is exactly what they want. Staver is a well-known liar and fraud – how he still has a license after counseling Kim Davis to ignore a Federal Court Order is beyond me – but then again, all government enforcement agencies tend to get really gun-shy the minute religion is involved. I guess they keep flashing back to the Branch Davidian fiasco, and let these bastards break the law with impunity as soon as they mumble “Jesus Christ” under their breath..

      In point of fact, both Kim Davis and Mat Staver are con-artists, professional fundraisers. The Davis thing has been getting less press for a while and now they desperately need another lawsuit – any lawsuit – to drive those fundraising emails about how all the F@gs are out to get their kids in their schoolroom by making discrimination illegal in the school. It doesn’t have to make any sense, it just has to scare the sh*t out of their donors – and there’s more than enough morons who are ill-educated, fearful and driven-by-hate to make bastards like Staver rich. No, Liberty Counsel is indeed a not-for-profit, but that doesn’t mean Staver, his wife, and his flunkies can’t write themselves big salary checks from tax-free revenue.

      What a racket. They should be in jail.

  • lets not forget that liberty council is a hate group, spinoff of old jerry fallwells racist liberty university, which until about 7 years ago still banned inter-racial dating

    welcum to the biBILE BELT, SPELLING INTENDED

  • The lawsuit is spurious and the argument specious, so the hate group should be made to pay all court costs. The state law in question prohibits sex discrimination, which recent agency and court decisions have widely held by definition includes discrimination on the bases of gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. Duh.

  • .
    Moot point — all anyone needs is:

    [ 1 ] a licensed medical physician’s certification to declare one’s sex, then

    [ 2 ] a simple trip to the local Social Security office, and dah-dah, you have a government certificate testifying to your legally recognized gender.

    ( Okay, three trips, call a half dozen times first, bring a box lunch, and be prepared to talk to half a dozen idiot clerks and supervisors, and bring a knowledgeable, calming witness, but DO IT! )

    Remember, all it took when you were born was a licensed medical physician’s statement to legally establish your sex.

    It’s no different at any later time in your life.

    And, no, you don’t need surgery first, or ever.

    We don’t have sex police.

    We don’t have a “drop your pants” genitals check.


    Especially in our public school hallways, outside our children’s restrooms, conducted by school bullies who are off their leash ( and off their meds? ).

    Yet, one student took it upon themselves to imagine confronting other students entering school restrooms, and feared retribution for doing so.

    Imagine that.

    The “fear” of “imagined retribution” that one lone student claimed ( read: the student’s ignorant, bigoted parents ) now re-challenges the equal protections ALL are guaranteed by the promise of the credo of our Declaration of Independence and the contract of our Constitution and Amendments.

    … and this is a school …

    … where kids are supposed to have the opportunity to learn something … right?

    … like …

    no more second class citizens, ever, please.

    Thank you.

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