Back in May, the Obama administration issued a controversial directive on transgender rights related to school bathrooms. In doing so, a letter was sent to public schools across the country notifying them that transgender students must be allowed to use whatever bathroom they feel aligns with their gender identity.
Just months after the directive was announced, it’s been shot down. In Texas of course.
A federal judge in Texas has sided with school districts opposing the Obama administration’s directive on transgender bathrooms, temporarily blocking the directive just before on the first day of school in Texas Monday.
The ruling prevents the U.S. Department of Education from implementing guidance that required school districts to allow transgender students to choose which restroom and locker facilities to use.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s 38-page order said federal agencies exceeded their authority under the 1972 law banning sex discrimination in schools. The injunction applies nationwide, and follows a number of other recent court rulings against transgender students and employees. The Texas ruling, issued late Sunday, turned on the congressional intent behind Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which requires that “facilities provided for students of one sex shall be comparable to such facilities provided for students of the other sex.”
The Texas case was brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, who led a group of plaintiffs that included 12 other states and two school districts.
In a statement, Paxton praised the ruling as correcting “illegal federal overreach” by the Obama administration.
What’s next? Knowing Obama, I imagine he has a few executive orders up his sleeve planned.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]