New Attorney General Changes Course on Transgender Bathrooms

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made a decision that opposes the Obama administration’s stance on transgender bathroom policy.

According to The Wall Street Journal, a court filing on Friday by Justice Department lawyers withdrew a request by the Obama administration to protect transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

That law prevents discrimination based on sex in schools that are granted federal money, and Obama wanted to extend it to transgender students who want to use the “bathroom of their choice.” Under Obama’s request, if a school did not comply, they would lose federal funding.

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“I think the Obama administration had distorted federal law,” said Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with the conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. “It’s a matter of respecting the differences between boys and girls and protecting the privacy for all students.”

Texas and twelve other states filed a lawsuit opposing the idea, which is why Sessions withdrew the request by the Obama administration on Friday in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The WSJ reports gay-rights advocates are worried by the decision.

“What we can infer from it is that the Department of Justice and Trump administration are unlikely to robustly pursue rights for transgender people,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ-rights organization.

Those who want people to use the bathroom associated with the sex on their birth certificate argue it is best for the safety of children and adults alike and also protects their religious beliefs.

H/T: Wall Street Journal

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