States file suit against transgender decree

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 — Eleven states have filed suit against the White House over a Department of Justice directive. The directive lays out the Obama Administration’s view of the law, which is that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that fit their own gender identity, rather than their sex at birth.

The lawsuit backs up the states’ determination to defy the DOJ directive.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading the suit against the DOJ. Besides Texas, the states joining the suit include Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The lawsuit charges that the federal government overstepped its constitutional powers with actions that should be left to Congress or the individual states.

The White House defends the directive under Title IX of the Education Amendments, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. The administration says that “transgender” is included in the definition of “sex.” President Obama says he will pull federal funds from any schools that do not allow transgender students to use the bathroom facilities of their choice. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal funds. Continue reading at CDN

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