Federal judge in Texas blocks Obama administration’s transgender rules — and what it means for North Carolina
From Paul Weber of the AP:
A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.
The decision dated Sunday comes after Texas and 12 other states challenged the Obama directive as unconstitutional during a hearing in Fort Worth last week. It applies to schools nationwide, as many districts reopen this week after the summer vacation.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, immediately cheered the decision.
“This president is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threating to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform,” Paxton said. “That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts.”
The decision from the judge in Texas comes a few weeks after the Supreme Court decided to prevent a lower court ruling that allowed Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school.
Given these two recent decisions, it now seems likely to me that Judge Schroeder, an appointee of George W. Bush, will not issue a preliminary injunction against HB2 while “lawsuits are pending”.