Texas is heading a coalition of states determined to put a stop to President Barack Obama’s overreaching rules regarding transgender bathrooms in public schools.
Texas and 12 other states sought an injunction Friday to block the Obama administration’s policy.
“We are proud to lead a 13-state coalition against the Obama administration’s latest illegal federal overreach,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.
“This president is attempting to rewrite the laws that were enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is using the threat of losing federal funding to get schools to fall into line. That cannot be allowed to continue.”
The Obama administration sent out a note of guidance to schools all throughout the country saying, “A school’s failure to treat students consistent with their gender identity may create or contribute to a hostile environment in violation of Title IX.”
That’s a reference to the ordinance that schools must treat both genders equally, banning entrenched gender discrimination decades ago. It was certainly never intended to even acknowledge the existence of transgender individuals, who would have been considered mentally ill when the law was passed — and still are by many mental health professionals today.
That’s a threat, and a threat that could be enforced with the withdrawal of federal funding if they do not comply, which is where the injunction came from. However, the Department of Justice doesn’t see it that way. It maintains that the Obama administration was just making a suggestion which would therefore not be enforceable.
If the administration was just making a suggestion, there would be no grounds for an injunction, which is why the DOJ is so insistent that this is the case.
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