Judge Blocks Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Directive
Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a federal court judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction by Alabama and 12 other states staying the Obama administration’s transgender school restroom access order. The U.S. District Court ruling allows schools in Alabama and nationwide to keep in place their current gender-based restroom and locker room policies.
“The court decision is a victory for parents and children all across Alabama,” said Attorney General Strange. “I joined the multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration in May to prevent Alabama schools from being forced to surrender their restroom access policies to social experimenters in Washington. I am pleased the federal court has agreed to our request to stay the controversial order while our lawsuit challenging the legality of the transgender order continues.”
On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice jointly announced that schools must allow students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than their sex, or lose federal funding.
On May 27, 2016, Attorney General Strange advised the Alabama Board of Education, which governs K-12 public schools, that it did not have to follow the federal guidance until the multi- state lawsuit is addressed in federal court.
The 13 states that filed the lawsuit requesting the stay include Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.