Eleven states are suing the federal government over the Obama administration’s directive for transgender students’ bathroom use. The order, telling schools to let students use bathrooms based on gender identity, runs “roughshod over common-sense policies protecting children,” according to the lawsuit.
The Justice Department said in 2014 that discrimination against transgender people was barred under federal laws that prevent discrimination based on sex. The administration has also pointed to a recent federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, Virginia that buttressed that view.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the complaint, and added, “the federal government has strong legal foundations to uphold the civil rights of transgender Americans.”
The lawsuit is the latest front in a battle over the rights of transgender people, which erupted when North Carolina passed a law on March 23 requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate. North Carolina and the Obama administration then filed dueling lawsuits over the state’s bathroom law, in a legal case that may settle for good the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects transgender people.
The states – including the eleven in this case — must stop asking the King’s Court for the authority to rule against the King! After all as the 10th Amendment clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
We are a union of free and independent states and it is time our representatives started acting like it! It’s time to tell our King and his Court to go ‘pound sand.’