In May, the Obama administration issued an executive order to all school districts: Allow students to use the bathroom and locker room that matches their chosen “gender identity” or risk losing federal funding.
Classes are about to resume for the new school year, and Obama’s order has school districts across the nation facing the decision – to comply or not comply?
Many states are fighting back to stop the order. Texas is leading a joint lawsuit, along with 12 other states, and will be asking a federal judge on Friday to halt Obama’s executive order. The other states are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth will hear arguments on the matter Friday, but it is unknown when he will issue a ruling.
When the order was issued in May, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke up loud and clear. “We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States,” he said. “This goes against the values of so many people.”
A similar joint lawsuit, led by Nebraska, was filed in July by the following states: Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Fox News reports that just last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took action in Virginia, putting on hold a lower court’s order that would have allowed a female student who identifies as a male to use the boy’s restroom.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has likened people not wanting to use a public restroom with those of the opposite sex as racist, and has stated that “there is no room in our schools” for discrimination.
Included in Obama’s decree is this statement: “…the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students.”
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