Obama and his administration were hit with a lawsuit yesterday filed by 11 states and their officials challenging the recent guideline that allows students to use facilities, including bathrooms, that match their gender identities. Earlier in May, Obama directed all schools to provide transgender students with the ability to use their preferred restrooms and locker rooms, citing Title IX, which forbids sexual discrimination at any educational institution that receives federal funding.
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Utah, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas and Louisiana have accused the Obama administration of “[conspiring] to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment,” asserting “the solemn duty of the Federal Executive is to enforce the law of the land, and not rewrite it by administrative fiat.”
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The lawsuit dismisses Obama’s interpretation of Title IX, citing no legal basis for his decision. States who choose to ignore the ordinance run the risk of losing all federal funding, though officials from Texas have said they’d rather take their chances, while Oklahoma submitted a counter-bill that proposed separate bathrooms for students with religious beliefs, prohibiting them from sharing a bathroom with transgender peers.
In March, North Carolina passed their own law that requires individuals to use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate, starting a war with The White House and The Justice Department.
Ex-presidential hopeful and Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his support for the suit, as did many other state officials. In a statement Wednesday night, the D.O.J. avouched the federal government’s “strong legal foundations to uphold the civil rights of transgender Americans.”