If you recall, in May of this year, President Barack Obama’s administration sent out a directive to all U.S. public schools demanding they allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice – regardless of school policies, local ordinances or state statutes – lest they face repercussions from the federal government.
The directive was challenged in court by Texas and 12 other states, which didn’t appreciate the order from Obama’s feds, and now that challenge is being upheld by a federal judge in Texas.
According to The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a ruling on Sunday that effectively placed a block on the implementation and enforcement of the directive, saying both that it is unconstitutional and that the feds should have sought out the opinions of the various school boards and districts before issuing the broad order.
Specifically, the judge referred to the same law the administration attempted to reinterpret, saying the Title IX anti-discrimination education law was “not ambiguous” regarding defining sex and gender as “the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”
“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,” declared Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts.”
The feds have not immediately commented on the judge’s ruling, which placed an injunction on the directive while the legal challenge continued to work its way through the court system, prevent it from being implemented or enforced.
The ruling came just as a majority of public schools in Texas started their first day of classes across the state.
It remains to be seen how this will play out in the higher courts on appeal, but one thing is clear – Obama and his administration are probably not thrilled at having their progressive agenda disrupted again by a federal judge in Texas.