Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Obama Fights Back After Judge Blocks Transgender Bathroom Mandate

The Obama administration is appealing an injunction against its mandate for transgender bathrooms in public schools.

Last Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor rejected the Justice Department's request to limit his nationwide injunction against enforcement of Obama's redefined Title IX law that mandated opposite sex use of showers, locker rooms, and toilets. Obama threatened public schools with losing federal funding if they failed to comply. . . .

"President Obama's obsession with this destructive transgender ideological agenda exposes his rank opposition to Constitutional rule as well as natural law and biological reality," Arthur Christopher Schaper, director of California MassResistance, told LifeSiteNews. Schaper said the issue is a civil rights one. It is not about the "right" of gender-confused children to use opposite sex bathrooms but the right of citizens and schools not to have transgender ideology forced upon them.

"Male and female are clear, distinct identities, and any attempt to ignore or remove recognition of these distinctions is destined to fail, hurting children physically, mentally, and spiritually, and undermine the long-held truths of our society," Schaper said. . . .

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton believes this is an issue of executive overreach. He commented that Texas won’t sit idly by as President Obama "ignore(s) the Constitution" and added, "The president cannot rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people and then threaten to take away funding from schools to force them to fall in line."

The issue of transgender use of opposite sex intimate facilities has created contrary opinions from the nation's courts. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled the Obama transgender school mandate was constitutional and issued an injunction allowing Caitlyn Grimm, a transgender girl who changed her name to Gavin, to use the boys' facilities. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed that injunction.

The day after Judge O'Connor granted the nationwide injunction, Paxton sued to also block Obama's new health care transgender accommodation mandate against physicians, hospitals and insurers. . . . Read More

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