President Obama has turned his attention to social issues in the senior year of his second term; prison reform, gun control, and most recently, transgender “rights.”After controversy following North Carolina’s bathroom bill, Obama launched a directive requiring all U.S. public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that conforms with their gender identity. Many states aren’t happy – and now there’s an organized revolt against the president.
Leading the charge is Texas, which FOX News reports, is suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.The lawsuit appears to make Texas the first state to take the federal government to court over the directive handed down to schools earlier this month.
Oh – and they’re putting their money where their mouths are.
Texas and other conservative states have vowed defiance, calling the guidance a threat to safety while being accused of discrimination by supporters of transgender rights. Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.Arizona has been the latest to hop on the bandwagon, with AZ Central reports that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit against the federal government over President Barack Obama’s directive asking public schools to allow students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.
In addition to Texas, Arizona is joining “Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia as well as Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R).”
Brnovich, a Republican who campaigned on a promise to defend state sovereignty, said in his filing that the orders represent executive overreach by the federal government and are unconstitutional. He argued such decisions should be left up to the states and school districts.If the courts do determine this to be an overreach on Obama’s part – expect a few more executive orders sometime soon…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]