Georgia joins lawsuit to overturn Obama directive on transgender school bathrooms

A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama’’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has now prompted a lawsuit by 11 states, but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students can use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Georgia is among 11 states suing the Obama administration to overturn a federal directive to schools that they allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.

That official “guidance” delivered earlier this month created a furor among some school districts and parents. The letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to schools was striking back at a North Carolina law requiring transgender people to use the public restroom at schools and other public places that matches the sex on their birth certificates.

Lawmakers in Georgia vowed to fight the White House directive, while Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods said the question should be decided by each district.

“My first priority is to ensure our schools are a safe environment for students. I believe there are safety and privacy concerns associated with allowing students of different genders to use the same bathroom and locker rooms. For that reason, I do not believe a student of another gender should use a restroom or locker room alongside students of the opposite sex,” said Woods.

According to ABC News:

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

 

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Devan Watson
Devan Watson

They got right on this, but still can't figure out how to fix this horrendous traffic.

lvg
lvg

AJC leaves out most important fact that  this directive is based on federal court decisions. I know in the South, federal court decisions don't mean squat. 

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Good for GA lawmakers for taking a stand against the Social Marxism of the Obama dimocrates.


Let's put it another way, should the government enable the social perversion of cross-dressing homosexuals?  Just because Bruce Jenner got a boob job and started wearing dresses doesn't make him a woman.  Just because a person has certain body parts removed or added doesn't make them the opposite sex.   There are X and Y chromosomes in our DNA which determine gender.

Maybe that is the answer to this convoluted mess.  You want to use the girls restroom, bring me a DNA report that shows you're a female and vice versa.

eulb
eulb

@EdJohnson Me, too.  Looks like an updated version of the fallout shelter symbol.

kaelyn
kaelyn

I have to agree that the president had no business forcing this (non)issue on the states. I'm pretty tolerant of people who have different views, lifestyles, religions, etc..., but if you have "girl plumbing" you use the girls restroom and if you have "boy plumbing" you use the boys restroom.

The lid is blown clear off of Pandora's box when you throw a naked boy into a girls high school locker room, even if that boy identifies as a girl.

I think the problem the transgendered kids face is not always feeling safe, particularly the boys identifying as girls. Teaching our kids to respect others who are different and not to harass these kids would be a step in the right direction. We don't need a law that forces this down our throats.

Astropig
Astropig

@kaelyn


Agree completely.This isn't a matter that can be decided by the federal government.


Some girls already have "body issues" (quoting my middle daughter here) and being afraid to go to the bathroom because some boys can't accept their birth gender will only make the problem a lot worse.


I'm glad that Georgia is taking a stand for common sense here.