Federal Judge Says His Ban on Obama's Transgender Bathroom Plan Applies Nationwide
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor doubled down on Obama’s transgender school bathroom policy.
Formerly, at the request of 13 states that were in opposition, O’Connor made a ruling banning the policy in August.
This policy would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their “gender identity” versus biological sex.
In the ruling this week, O’Connor rejected the Justice Department’s request to limit the injunctions to the 13 states that brought the suit.
“It is clear from Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit precedent that this court has the power to issue a nationwide injunction where appropriate. Both Title IX and Title VII rely on the consistent, uniform application of national standards in education and workplace policy.
A nationwide injunction is necessary because the alleged violation extends nationwide. Defendants are a group of agencies and administrators capable of enforcing their guidelines nationwide, affecting numerous state and school district facilities across the country.
Should the court only limit the injunction to the plaintiff states who are a party to this cause of action, the court risks a ‘substantial likelihood that a geographically limited injunction would be ineffective,” ruled U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas.
In the Obama’s trans-agenda, not allowing individuals to use facilities corresponding with their “gender identity” is discrimination and against their civil liberties.
While, others are more worried about preventing harm to children in all parts of the country.
“The Obama administration cannot hold hostage the privacy rights and dignity interests of boys and girls across America. The federal court’s affirmation of its previous order halting the Obama administration’s unlawful threats against schools across the nation preserves the authority of local schools to act in the best interest of their students and not out of fear of being stripped of their federal funding,” said Matt Sharp, ADF Legal Counsel. “The court made clear that the Obama administration’s unlawful actions put children at risk and that it cannot unilaterally disregard and redefine federal law to accomplish its political agenda of forcing girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys. Schools have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students, and this order ensures that they may continue to fulfil that duty.”
The federal government continues to threaten schools that don’t abide by their new definition of “sex,” that they could lose funding.
But, not everyone will be bullied by the Obama administration. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called this “illegal federal overreach.”
“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,” said Paxton.