While businesses and lobbyists continue to attack Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly, nearly half of the states have taken legal action against the Department of Justice and Department of Education’s bathroom directive issued on May 13th. The Obama administration has asserted that its action is justified by the 1972 Title IX law, which forbids discrimination against members of the opposite biological sex but the Nixon-era law says nothing about gender identity or gender expression and have threaten.
On Friday, an additional 10 states filed a legal brief in Nebraska against the Obama administration’s controversial transgender guidance requiring public schools to allow members of one sex to use the showers, overnight accommodations, and restrooms of the opposite biological sex or lose federal funding. Similar actions have filed in Texas and North Carolina.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson told reporters today, “the directive quashes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis.
Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming joined their action in Nebraska federal court. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have taken legal action in Texas federal court and, of course, North Carolina started it all off when they sued the Obama Administration. Massachusetts Republican Governor, Charlie Baker, today stood boldly with the Obama Administration when he signed a state law legally codifying the DOJ’s guidance into law for all public accommodations.