JUST IN: It’s Happening! Sessions Is Going After Obama’s Transgender Bathrooms


The Obama administration forced schools and companies to create transgender bathroom facilities.

It appears President Trump’s administration has a different plan.


The Wall Street Journal reports:

Newly instated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has shown an early sign of backing away from an Obama administration initiative that directs schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the sex with which they identify.

The signal came in a Friday court filing from Justice Department lawyers withdrawing a request made last year by the Obama administration. That request came in response to a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit challenging federal guidance to states on accommodating transgender students.

The guidance, issued by President Barack Obama last May, said transgender students are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that bars discrimination in education based on sex at schools that accept federal money. Some states dispute that interpretation of Title IX.

The filing, in the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, stems from a lawsuit filed by Texas and a coalition of 12 other states opposing the memo.

After a district court judge in August temporarily blocked the directive, Mr. Obama sought to limit the scope of the court’s ruling to only apply to those states pushing the appeal. Doing so would mean the transgender-rights guidance would remain in effect in the rest of the country. A group of 12 states and the District of Columbia had sided with Mr. Obama and said they wanted the directive to apply to them.

The Friday filing said the Justice Department is no longer seeking to limit the ruling and that, “The parties are currently considering how best to proceed in this appeal.” It is unclear whether the Trump administration will ultimately stop defending the directive.

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Gay-rights advocates said the filing could be a sign of things to come.

“What we can infer from it is that the Department of Justice and Trump administration are unlikely to robustly pursue rights for transgender people,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director for Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ-rights organization.


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