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The impact of the transgender order on the presidential race

Written By | May 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2016 — Eleven states have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over a Department of Justice directive on gender and school restrooms. Texas has taken the lead and is joined by Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona’s Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia to challenge the government’s interpretation of anti-discrimination law and the scope of that law itself.

The political result will be a move by both Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns to turn gender-restrictions on bathroom usage into a campaign issue.

For many conservatives, the DOJ directive is the latest salvo in Obama’s campaign to remake America, this time by eliminating the concept of biological gender identity and replacing it with gender-by-choice.

Transgender bathrooms and redefining Title IX

Instead of allowing local schools to deal with a transgender issue that is relatively rare, the Obama administration has nationalized the issue with a solution in search of a problem.

The bathroom directive follows actions by 17 states which this year have initiated or are considering legislation that would restrict access to multiuser restrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities on the basis of sex assigned at birth, or “biological sex,” according to a National Conference of State legislatures study.

Conservatives see the rewriting of laws by executive fiat as weapon to force states, counties, cities and even private citizens to conform to Obama’s vision of America.

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the lawsuit, he stressed, “This represents just the latest example of the current administration’s attempts to accomplish by executive fiat what they couldn’t accomplish through the democratic process in Congress.”

The legal action taken by the 11-state coalition is just the latest state effort to block administration and gay-activist-community initiatives to eliminate protections afforded children.

These state leaders and their constituents feel that children should be safe and secure place when they use any public bathroom.

The lawsuit says in part:

Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.

Earlier in May, the governor of North Carolina defied a U.S. Justice Department order to undo its “Bathroom Bill,” which required that transgender people use bathrooms that correspond with the sex that appears on their birth certificates.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the North Carolina law discriminatory and implied that the law created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals.

The conservative and Christian supporters of the North Carolina bathroom bill reject the attorney general’s findings. Tens of thousands who support North Carolina have trained their anger at Target, which has made the decision to support transgender individuals use of any public restroom in their stores.

Opponents have responded by initiating a national boycott of the chain.

According to the Business Insider, over 1.2 million people have signed a pledge to boycott the retailer after it announced its policy to allow transgender customers to use any fitting room or bathroom that coincides with their gender identity. The impact has been felt by the retail giant.

While Target had seen a 3 percent increase in 2016 of its stock’s value, it has also realized a 9 percent loss in its share price value in the past month. Before the boycott, 42 percent of national consumers had considered shopping at Target and after the boycott, that number has now fallen to only 36 percent.

Even though over 200 business leaders from across the nation have urged the repeal of the law, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is determined to not give in. He has accused the administration of engaging in a “baseless and blatant overreach” attempt to get the law ditched.

Target’s inclusivity policy is anything but

Parents in the states that are considering bathroom protection bills similar to North Carolina or are part of the 11-state lawsuit against the Obama administration directive may find solace in the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) commitment to supporting same sex marriage and bathroom bills. Their defense will energize local, state and national GOP candidates who are also willing to protect the sanctity of the male and female by birth bathroom use.

Earlier in the year the RNC approved a resolution of support of North Carolina’s bathroom bill and officially requested that the Department of Education rescind its order to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice.

Hillary Clinton and fellow Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have both denounced the North Carolina bathroom bill and the RNC position in support of it.  So expect each presidential convention to encourage their assembled delegate leaders to return to their communities to rev up their fall general election campaigns.

Finally, millions of voters across the nation will get the opportunity to decide whether the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage and President Obama’s transgender administration order will settle this culture war.

The presidential election may be the final battleground where the revolutionary transformation of the American bathroom war may be settled and with it the presidency.

Kevin Fobbs

Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.