When President Barack Obama’s administration released his transgender bathroom “decree” earlier this month, he probably didn’t think that the states would have the guts to fight back. He thought wrong.
According to Fox News, the attorneys general of 11 states, led by Ken Paxton of Texas, have filed suit in federal court over the directive mandating that students must be allowed to use whatever bathroom they wish, based on their “gender identity” as opposed to their biological sex.
While the regulations were disguised as mere “guidance” from the Department of Education, they were issued in cooperation with the Department of Justice — a sure sign that the carrot of “guidance” had a very large stick of legal intervention behind it.
According to Paxton, that’s a sure sign that Obama’s federal government is trying to rewrite law without congressional approval yet again.
“This represents just the latest example of the current administration’s attempts to accomplish by executive fiat what they couldn’t accomplish through the democratic process in Congress,” Paxton said during a Wednesday press conference.
Paxton has already said that he’s willing to forego $10 billion in federal funding if it means keeping Texas’ students safe.
“President Obama has excluded the voice of the people. We stand today to ensure those voices are heard,” he said.
Texas was joined by Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona’s Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.
“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 reads.
It’s worth pointing out that the Obama administration’s “guidance” doesn’t have the force of law. However, Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated that those districts or states that do not comply with the administration’s interpretation of Title IX civil rights protections could end up losing education funding.
That includes, of course, the idea that gender is merely a construct and that students can pick their own.
“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 Lynch’s statement read.
No, Ms. Attorney General. What there is no room for is compromising the safety of our children for a social experiment. There’s also no room for writing law unilaterally, without the consent of Congress.
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