Homophobic Texas Judge Strikes Again, Now He’s Going After Transgender Kids (VIDEO)
Obama’s Efforts To Protect Transgender Students Is Ruled Against just In Time For School To start
In May, President Obama decreed that all schools in the United States must respect the rights of transgender students. Under his directive, issued by the US Department of Education in May, students would be free to use washrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with. Non-compliance could result in denial of federal funding to schools.
Bloomberg Business reports that it all came to a stand-still on Sunday as a federal judge from Texas ruled against Obama’s directive after challenges by 13 states, putting transgender students back into a state of humiliating limbo across the country.
According to US District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas, his concerns were not about the rights of transgender students, but how the Obama administration came up with and implemented the rules.
“This case presents the difficult issue of balancing the protection of students’ rights and that of personal privacy when using school bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and other intimate facilities, while ensuring that no student is unnecessarily marginalized while attending school. The resolution of this difficult policy issue is not, however, the subject of this order.”
Reuters says that O’Connor was not pleased by the mandatory nature of the guidelines.
“Although Defendants have characterized the Guidelines as interpretive, post-guidance events and their actual legal effect prove that they are ‘compulsory in nature.'”
Judge O’Connor, who was appointed by George W. Bush, has a history of making life difficult for the LGBT community as he previously blocked same-sex marriage rights in defiance of a little thing called the constitution, according to Think Progress. Once again, he claimed that the Obama administration went about the issue all wrong.
The Legal Director of The Human Rights Campaign, Sarah Warbelow didn’t take kindly to this interference in the implementing of equal rights to transgender students and urged schools to continue following the directive despite this ruling.
“Judge O’Connor’s decision to bar the Department of Justice from enforcing this important guidance puts thousands of transgender students at even greater risk of marginalization, harassment, and discrimination as they return to school this fall. All students, regardless of their gender identity, deserve to be able to learn in an environment free from discrimination. Despite this judge’s decision, schools are not barred from following the federal guidance, and school administrators still have a responsibility to ensure that the civil rights of all students are respected and that transgender students have access to facilities consistent with their gender identity. As lawsuits on the scope of Title IX proceed, we believe that justice will prevail as courts continue to recognize that discrimination against transgender students is a form of sex discrimination.”
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