Obama Threatens Schools Over Transgender Bathrooms
The Obama administration on Friday ordered every public school district in the United States to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match the gender identity they have chosen.
It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.
Citizens from around the country are ringing the phones of their School Board Trustees and Superintendents.
In North Idaho, West Bonner School Board Trustee Rick Hall stated his position, “We will tell them to go to hell.” Resident Vicki Matlock told Redoubt News that she went right down to the Superintendent’s office. She was reassured that this was not yet a law, and they did not intend to allow boys into the girl’s restrooms or locker rooms.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, speaking to reporters Friday, said his state “will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States.”
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
Patrick scoffed at the threat, saying the feds can keep their “30 pieces of silver.”
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, says the federal government needs to butt out of state matters.
“What the president needs to do is focus on his job and his job is not to intervene in state and local affairs under our constitutional scheme so frankly I think his involvement in this is unwelcome,” Cornyn said. “This ought to be a choice made by local officials at the local level held accountable by their own voters.”
The move by the Obama administration comes the same week that the Justice Department and the state of North Carolina traded lawsuits over that state’s law requiring people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, providing an election-year clash on what’s considered a volatile social and political issue.
The White House has called North Carolina’s law “mean-spirited.”
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, in his lawsuit, accused the administration of a “baseless and blatant overreach” in trying to get the policy scrapped.
“This is an attempt to unilaterally rewrite long-established federal civil rights laws in a manner that is wholly inconsistent with the intent of Congress and disregards decades of statutory interpretation by the Courts,” the state’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, said.
~ Shari Dovale
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