Eleven states have filed a suit against the Obama administration over its mandate on transgender access to public facilities. This is sure to be only the first of a long and messy battle that will encompass the country.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court in response to the decree given to public schools earlier this month insisting students be able to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
“This represents just the latest example of the current administration’s attempts to accomplish by executive fiat what they couldn’t accomplish through the democratic process in Congress,” Paxton said.
Joining the suit in Texas were: Wisconsin, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Georgia.
“Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the lawsuit says.
Texas’ lieutenant governor indicated that the state would rather lose the $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than adhere to Obama’s immoral legislation. Other conservative states have also promised to challenge the federal directive, calling it a threat to the safety of students.
“President Obama has excluded the voice of the people. We stand today to ensure those voices are heard,” Paxton said.
Obama appointed, Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended the directive handed down from the U.S. Justice and Education departments saying, “There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex.”
Many support the suit and say such measures are needed to protect women and children, but the Justice Department argue that the threat is practically nonexistent.