Obama’s directive that US public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms correlating with their gender identity has been temporarily blocked by a Texas Judge.
This order was issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, and will effect hundreds of school districts as it has nationwide effects.
The decision comes after Texas, alongside other 12 other states, challenged Obama’s directive as unconstitutional during a hearing in Fort Worth last week.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, immediately backed this decision: “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. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts.”
While the Obama administration did not directly instruct people to comply or lose federal funding, but the possibility was very much on the table with court documents that surfaced back in July. It said that federal funding recipients “are clearly on notice” about the following of anti-discrimination policies.
The lawsuit was filed in May by Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, and the Republican governors of Maine, Mississippi and Kentucky.
Yet it is the efforts of two small districts in Arizona and Texas, who have no transgender students on their campuses, who banded together to block the ruling.