Texas and 12 other conservative states filed suit against the Obama administration over its bathroom directive to U.S. public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
A federal suit was filed in a Texas in response to the Department of Justice & Department of Education May 9th directive handed down to schools and universities by the Obama administration and is seen by many as an escalation in the fast-moving dispute over what the LGBT community is calling the “civil rights issue of the day”. The Obama administration has threatened to cut off federal education funding to school districts that do not comply.
“Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit says.
In addition to North Carolina’s two lawsuits, this complaint filed in Texas has listed 11 additional states (Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona’s Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia) as plaintiffs. The States join Gov Pat McCrory and North Carolina in their objection to the clear overreach exhibited by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Conservative states had vowed to defy the federal directive, calling it a threat to the safety of students. Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.
“His lawsuit is challenging the way that the Obama administration is trampling the United States Constitution,”said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
The guidance was issued after the Justice Department and North Carolina sued each other over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. The law applies to schools and many other places.
Supporters say such measures are needed to protect women and children from sexual predators, while the Justice Department and others argue the threat is practically nonexistent and the law discriminatory.
May 28th Update: Kentucky and Mississippi joined the list of states standing up to Obama’s transgender directive!
June 2nd Update: Kansas Senate votes 30-8, along party lines, to stand against Obama directive. State will join lawsuit.