Eleven states sue Obama government over transgender directive

The transgender law has escalated quickly across the country. Now, eleven states are suing the Obama administration due to its directive on transgender students in public schools. This is essentially the beginning of what many thing will be a messy legal battle.

The government’s directive that transgender individuals should be allowed to use bathrooms that match their gender identity was challenged by eleven US states.  On Wednesday, they announced a lawsuit against the Obama administration. 

The suit, which was filed in a federal court in Texas, is a response to the government’s ruling which represents an attempt of the government to rewrite the law, according to Texas Attorney, General Ken Paxton.  “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," he said.

The other ten states joining the suit are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, along with one Arizona and one Texas school district.  The officials accuse the Obama administration of violating federal law and the constitution.

When presenting the document in Federal Court District in Wichita Falls, Texas, the officials from the states represented also stated that the Obama administration had “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 common-sense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.”

Transgender rights have long been the subject of litigation.  But things escalated on May 13 when the Department of Education and the Justice Department stated that schools “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”  They even added that schools must “provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents or community members raise objections or concerns.”

 

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