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High Court Reverses Transgender Ruling 

Jon Small

Maine’s highest court has overturned a lower court ruling about how the Orono school district handled a situation involving a fifth-grade transgender girl.

The family of Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued after she was denied access to the girls’ bathroom at her elementary school in 2007.

A Superior Court judge ruled the school district acted within its discretion by requiring Maines to use a staff bathroom after there was a complaint about her using the girls’ bathroom.

But in a written ruling issued today, the Maine Supreme Court said while the school had a program in place designed to address gender identity issues, banning Maines from the girls’ bathroom constituted discrimination.