Judge temporarily blocks transgender bathroom policy enforcement

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A U.S. District Judge has issued an order to block the enforcement of President Obama’s bathroom policies for transgender students at public schools nationwide.

Along with Judge Reed O’Connor, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also been challenging the administration’s directive to allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The ruling was a result of the lawsuit, Texas v. United States.

Paxton released this statement:

“We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”

While a legal requirement was not implemented by Obama, districts who refuse are at risk of losing federal funding. In support of the all-inclusive policy is Equality Texas, parents of transgender students. They hope to show the struggles their children have already gone through.

“Paxton’s actions seek to punish and harm transgender students who have done nothing wrong,” said Equality Texas in a statement they released about the court ruling. “We will continue to fight with the parents of these children until ALL children do not face discrimination and are treated equally under the law.”

A North Texas mother is asking school officials to let her transgender child use the girl’s bathroom. Five-year-old Kai has lived as a girl for the past two years. She is about to start kindergarten and her mother is asking the Pearland Independent School District to let Kai use the girl’s restroom.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has compared the law to the racial segregation debate. Republicans argue giving bathroom rights to transgender students is a safety issue.

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