Federal Judge Issues Temporary Ban on Obama Administration's Trans-Inclusive Bathroom Policies

A new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, May 2016. Photo via AP

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s directive that school districts allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. The directive, which shouldn’t be controversial, is snarled in a messy lawsuit brought by 13 conservative-run states.

In May, the White House advised public school districts to let trans students use the restrooms that match their gender identities. Texas and twelve other states immediately sued, claiming not being able to discriminate against trans kids infringes on their rights: Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


Texas’ lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor to issue an injunction, preventing the White House directive from being implemented. They did so using the most inflammatory language possible, saying the directive “holds a gun to the head” of the states by forcing them to “to mix the sexes in intimate areas.”

O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, granted that injunction in a ruling Sunday night. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is very excited.

It’s not clear what trans students are supposed to do while this case is in litigation. Just not exist, we suppose.

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Anna Merlan

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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