WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2016 – U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor has put a temporary stop to President Obama’s demands that schools put transgender bathrooms in place.
— Senator John Boozman (@JohnBoozman) August 22, 2016
The judge’s decision is a major victory for conservatives who continue to fight over transgender rights. President Obama has said the rights of transgender people in workplaces and schools is protected under Title IX.
The judge’s decision said the issue behind the case is to fairly protect students’ rights and personal privacy, defending his ruling saying that the White House did not provide adequate notice before issuing the decree. “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.”
Last spring, President Obama threatened schools who refuse to allow transgender restrooms in their schools, with the loss of federal funding. The decision by O’Connor comes after 11 states decided to file suit against Obama’s decree.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who represents Texas in the lawsuit, praised the 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.”
President Obama faces another judge who questions the constitutionality of Obama’s decrees. While O’Connor has halted the order, the Department of Justice is looking at other ways to enforce the law. While Judge O’Connor filed his ruling, many legal experts believe this will be the next major issue to be brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.