In May, President Barack Obama issued public schools across the country an ultimatum: allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity rather than their biological sex, or risk losing your federal aid.
In response, 13 states, including Alabama, immediately filed a joint lawsuit to push back against the Obama administration on the grounds the directive is unconstitutional.
“Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights,” the complaint reads.
Friday, those 13 states will appear before a federal judge in Fort Worth seeking to halt the Obama’s administration’s directive.
“The Obama administration’s new guidance document is just one more example of the kind of federal overreach that we have come to expect from this White House,” Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in May in a statement regarding Obama’s directive. “School bathroom use is an issue that should be decided by parents, teachers, and principals — not federal bureaucrats.
“The DOJ guidance document is also wrong on the law,” AG Strange continued. “Title IX allows schools to have separate facilities for separate sexes. The law says ‘sex,’ not gender identity.”
States that have considered legislation in 2016 that would restrict access to sex-segregated facilities on the basis of biological sex. Data as of May 25, 2016.
Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin join Alabama in the suit.