Republican heads explode over Obama gender equality initiative
Transgenders have been using the bathrooms of their choice up until now, but simply because the Obama administration is requiring public schools to continue allowing this practice, the right-wing has gone crazy.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory slammed the guidance and called on Congress to address the issue.
“Most Americans, including this governor, believe that government is searching for a solution to a problem that has yet to be defined. Now, both the federal courts and the U.S. Congress must intercede to stop this massive executive branch overreach, which clearly oversteps constitutional authority,” McCrory said in a statement.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reiterated in a statement that the guidance was not federal.
“This is the kind of issue that parents, schools boards, communities, students and teachers should be allowed to work out in a practical way with a maximum amount of respect for the individual rights of all students. Insofar as the federal government goes, it’s up to Congress to write the law, not the executive departments,” the Tennessee Republican said.
Justice and Education Department officials have repeatedly made clear that under their interpretation of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law in education, schools receiving federal funds may not discriminate based on a student’s sex, including a student’s transgender status.
“The guidance makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX,” the administration said Thursday.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick accused the Obama administration of “blackmail” and called the guidance “social engineering.”
“The families in America will not accept it,” Patrick said at a news conference.