In the latest development in the ongoing controversy regarding so-called “Bathroom Bills”, the Obama Administration issued an executive order on Friday requiring every public school district in the nation to allow students to use restroom and locker room facilities on basis of “gender identity”, regardless of a student’s biological sex. This order comes on the heels of recent lawsuits filed in North Carolina by the Department of Justice and the state over similar issues.
A letter from both the Department of Justice and Department of Education indicates that the justification for these new guidelines stems from a very broad interpretation of Title IX. Traditional understanding of Title IX has held that non-discrimination guidelines are based on biological sex.
According to the New York Times, the letter does not carry the force of law, but it does imply a threat:
“Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.”
Even more concerning for conservatives is insinuation that the public’s input is not relevant on the matter. The letter claims that schools must submit to the ruling “even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns.”
Not surprisingly, liberal advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, have praised the announcement. HRC, which is supported by many corporate sponsors, and and other groups like EqualityNC have helped spread misinformation on North Carolina’s HB-2. The policy positions advanced using corporate dollars by HRC appear to align very closely with the administration’s effort to bully school districts to implement a liberal agenda that undermines traditional values and creates privacy concerns.
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