White House withdraws rule on student transgender bathroom use

The White House nullified an Obama administration directive ordering public schools to allow transgender students use of restrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity on Wednesday.

Invoking Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which ban gender discrimination in public schools, Mr. Obama had issued instructions requiring public schools to allow transgender students use of restrooms, “participation in athletics, single-sex classes, and housing and overnight accommodations.”

The initial order, issued in May 2016, set off a firestorm of controversy and inspired a string of lawsuits which remain unresolved in the court system today.

One such case in Virginia, Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court and will challenge whether Title IX will include transgender students.

“Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change,” said Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, who has led the fight against the rule. 

Approximately 200 people demonstrated outside the White House after the announcement was made that the Trump administration had revoked Obama’s previous action.

 

[Roll Call] [Reuters]