Victory has been won on the bathroom battlefield.
Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch were slapped down by a federal judge in Texas Sunday, blocking the administration’s controversial bathroom decree just the day before school started in Texas.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled Sunday that Obama’s bathroom law “usurps local control and threatened students’ safety and privacy, Bloomberg reported.
The Obama administration had announced in May that all schools nationwide must allow students to use the bathroom and locker rooms that matched their “gender identity”, or risk losing federal funding. They claimed the new rule was to prevent discrimination against transgenders. Those opposed to the law said it violated all students’ privacy rights.
The decree had also commanded that schools must address students by their “preferred gender pronouns.”
Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas, along with 12 other states, filed a lawsuit contesting the decree, and Sunday they won – for all schools nationwide.
Paxton said the judge’s ruling corrected “illegal federal overreach” of the Obama administration.
“This president is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform,” Paxton said. “That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”
In the judge’s ruling, he slammed the Obama administration for failing to follow the law by not getting input from the public before drafting the new guidelines, according to USA Today .
“This case presents the difficult issue of balancing the protection of students’ rights and that of personal privacy when using school bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other intimate facilities, while ensuring that no student is unnecessarily marginalized while attending school,” wrote O’Connor, who was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007 and sits in Fort Worth, Texas. “The sensitivity to this matter is heightened because Defendants’ actions apply to the youngest child attending school and continues for every year throughout each child’s educational career.”
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