President Obama believes that transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, but the Lone Star state says, “Not so fast.”
Texas and 10 other states are planning to sue the Obama administration for its new directive to schools favoring the rights of trans children and teens. A news conference is set for Wednesday afternoon, with the announcement expected by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Governor Greg Abbott even tweeted about the proposed federal lawsuit a few hours ago, stating “Texas will sue to stop Obama’s transgender directive to schools.”
According to Politico.com, every public school district across the U.S. was notified earlier this month by the Justice and Education departments. The letter clearly spelled out that trans students could choose the bathroom that conforms to their gender ID.
The Obama administration expects all schools to create and provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including those who are trans. AG Paxton believes that the administration is going beyond the exercise of power and noted so in a statement he made on May 13. “If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight.”
President Obama believes that Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments gives transgender students protection under the law. According to the administration’s interpretation of Title IX, the law prohibits any sex-based discrimination in education programs and activities that are supported by federal funds.
The 10 other states joining Texas in suing the Obama administration include, Arizona; Alabama; Georgia; Louisiana; Maine; Oklahoma; Tennessee; Utah; West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The subject of transgenders and bathroom facilities remains a hot topic across the country’s landscape. North Carolina passed a law in March banning trans people from using public school and government building bathrooms that align with their gender identities. North Carolina and the Department of Justice sued each other earlier in May, with each side taking an opposing position on whether Title IX violates existing federal statutes barring discrimination.