Early Wednesday evening, President Trump removed the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom edict which forced public schools to allow students to use the facility corresponding to their gender identity. Now, states can return to making the right decisions for citizens.
The Associated Press reports:
The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting federal guidelines that had been issued by the Obama administration. Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said, “This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find - and in many cases have found - solutions that protect all students."
A letter to the nation’s schools by the Justice and Education Departments assured Title IX protections will remain: “All schools must ensure that all students, including LGBT students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the president’s campaign pledge to uphold states’ rights and to remove the federal government’s hand where it isn’t helping.
Opponents of former President Obama’s actions were quite happy with the news. Vick Wilson is a member of Students and Parents for Privacy. She said Obama put her children in harms way: "Our daughters should never be forced to share private, intimate spaces with male classmates, even if those young men are struggling with these issues. It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity."
Backers of the so-called bathroom law, like the Human Rights Campaign, say removing Obama’s “protections” is “heartbreaking.” HRC disagrees that this is a states’ rights issue and believes it is a civil rights issue to prevent bullying.