“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” (Deut.chpt.22 verse 5) [r. a. note]
TeleSur News Posted Fri., Eve, Jan.06, 2017
The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that it will sue any state that infringes on transgender people’s right to use the bathroom they identify with, in light of new bills in five states that were introduced last week to restrict access to their matching bathrooms.
In May, the Justice and Education departments issued guidance that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities of their choice — rather than those matching their gender assigned at birth.
The Justice Department has called the guidelines non-binding, but they were also backed up by a threat to withhold federal education money from states that refused to comply, drawing objections from 13 states, led by Texas, that sued.
Texas, along with Kentucky, Virginia and Missouri, introduced bills this past week to protect girls’ safety and businesses’ rights from government intrusion, as they say.
ACLU retorted in a Buzzfeed article that should any of the bills pass, “we will consider every option, including litigation,” said staff Attorney Chase Strangio, adding that laws which “bar transgender individuals from using restrooms and locker rooms that accord with their gender violate federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination as well as the federal constitutional guarantees of equality and due process.”
Texas unveiled its bill Thursday to loud boos, proposing to restrict bathroom use in public schools to now “allow men in ladies rooms” and would “protect businesses from government interference” by letting them form their own bathroom policies.
Kentucky’s would apply to public schools and government facilities, while Virginia’s extends to all government bathrooms. Missouri proposes to segregate all school and public restrooms, lockers and showers by male or female only. North Carolina tried earlier to overturn Obama’s decision on bathrooms but was unsuccessful. Alabama, South Carolina and Washington also introduced legislation last year.
Earlier this week, a federal judge in Texas issued a court order barring enforcement of the federal government’s policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services. A Texas district court also blocked Obama’s bathroom policy in August.