Judge Again Refuses to Life Nationwide Injunction Against Obama Bathroom Edict
(Harrisburg) — A statewide child advocacy group applauds the decision by Texas federal Judge Reed O’Connor to deny the Obama Administration’s request to issue a partial stay on the nationwide injunction he issued in August. Judge O’Connor noted the Departments of Justice and Education “failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success or irreparable harm sufficient to justify a partial stay of the Court’s preliminary injunction.” Since the administration’s initial mandate issued on May 13th, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) has pointed out the harms to children the Obama Administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX presented. The AFA of PA continues its efforts in encouraging schools to ignore the outrageous and dangerous demands to open bathrooms and shower rooms to the opposite sex.
“Judge O’Connor has again refused to bow under pressure from the Obama Administration to lift his nationwide injunction. His decision will continue protecting students against an invasion of their privacy while they are in vulnerable situations in bathrooms and shower rooms. Commonsense should be the guide here, not political correctness,” commented Diane Gramley, AFA of PA president.
President Obama’s Departments of Justice and Education issued an edict on May 13th advising schools of the reinterpretation of the word “sex” in Title IX to now include transgenders. Schools were threatened with loss of federal funds if they did not open their bathrooms and shower rooms to the sexually confused. Subsequently in July, in legal briefs, they acknowledged the “Dear Colleague” letter did not have the force of law behind it stating, the Obama administration’s policy to let transgender students use the bathroom according to their “gender identity” is only a guidance and is not “legally binding.”
However, schools continue to be pressured by transgender activists and sexually confused students to change policies to allow all comers to use the bathroom and shower room of their choice. Organizations such as the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center use their coffers full of millions of dollars to threaten schools with lawsuits, ignoring the fact the May 13th edict is not a legal order.
“As Judge O’Connor noted there is no ambiguity in the use of the term “sex” in Title IX — it means the biological and anatomical differences between male and female as determined at birth. In the past there was never any question about its meaning. Psychiatrist Susan Bradley and psychologist Kenneth J. Zucker, both of the University of Toronto, have worked extensively with children with gender dysphoria. They report only a tiny percent of those who exhibit cross-gender behavior in childhood become transgendered adults. Why should we allow the politically correct to use our children as guinea pigs?” questioned Gramley.
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