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Court halts enforcement of Obama administration’s transgender directive

August 23, 2016

A federal district judge has issued a nationwide injunction temporarily barring enforcement of the Obama administration’s recent directive on transgendered students and public schools as a lawsuit against the directive proceeds.

In May, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education told public schools that a 1972 civil rights law forbidding sex discrimination also applies to “gender identity.”

“The Departments interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity,” the administration stated.

Warning public schools that their federal funding at stake, the administration made clear that its determination applied to restrooms, locker rooms, athletics, overnight accommodations on field trips, and school dances.


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