- On Sunday, a federal judge in Texas ruled against the Obama Administrations bathroom directive.
- So far the Obama Administration has not reacted (or taken away federal funding).
- The judge said that he believes the schools should have been able to give their views on the directive.
It’s been awhile since someone stood up against the Obama Administrations bathroom directive. However, it’s not a big surprise that Texas would be the state to do it.
A federal judge in Texas has blocked the bathroom directive to public schools. The directive states that transgendered students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that fit with their chosen gender identity instead of their biologically given gender.
Yesterday , Monday, was the first day of school for many public schools in Texas and they were surprised by the order from U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor.
Sunday O’Connor ruled that the education law, Title IX, “is not ambiguous” as sex being defined as “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.” So, he agreed with many Texas Republicans and state leaders that the schools should have been present and allowed to give their thoughts on the Obama Administrations directive.
The Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, said, “We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach.”
In a statement, he added, “This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”
The Obama Administration had told the school districts that they would lose federal funding if they did not comply to the directive. Texas receives a whopping $10 billion in federal education funds.
A Dallas attorney for gay rights, Paul Castillo, claimed the ruling against the directive was a continued attack on transgendered people. He said, “I think today is going to be a hard day for transgender students. The decision is certainly emotional and certainly an attack on transgender students’ dignity.”
So far the Obama Administration has not reacted to the ruling in Texas against the directive. Only time will tell what the outcome will be.