While North Carolina fired the first shot with the lawsuit against the Obama administration’s Department of (social) Justice, in regards to the overreach into bathroom policy, they no longer stand alone.
On Wednesday afternoon, 11 additional states have joined the pushback against President Obama’s directive, regarding transgender access to school bathrooms and locker rooms.
“Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, along with one Arizona and one Texas school district, signed the 32-page lawsuit, which was filed today in a federal court in Dallas.
It names the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, Education Secretary John King, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other top U.S. officials as defendants. It accuses the Obama administration of violating federal law and the U.S. Constitution.
It also accuses the Obama administration of transforming ‘workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process and running roughshod over common-sense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.’”
On May 13, Obama issued his directive through the DOJ and the Department of Education, citing Title IX, which prohibits public schools from denying accommodations to students, based on sex.
“The lawsuit addresses the letter, claiming it foists a ‘new version of federal law on more than 100,000 elementary and secondary schools that receive federal funding.’
‘The new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations described herein go so far beyond any reasonable reading of the relevant congressional text such that the new rules, regulations, guidance and interpretations functionally exercise lawmaking power reserved only to Congress,’ the lawsuit states.”
It’s going to be a long summer.