In a stunning new move on Wednesday, the Trump administration revoked federal guidelines, which up until this point allowed transgender students the right to use the bathroom in school that matches their gender identity. President Trump’s intention is to leave the decision to the states.
In 2016, North Carolina was the center of controversy when then-Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed the infamous H.B. 2 bathroom bill that restricts transgendered persons from using the public restroom of their choosing. This led to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper defeating McCrory in the governor’s race in November.
Only weeks after announcing that the Trump administration would continue to uphold LGBT protections in the workplace that were put in place under President Obama, many critics might view this move as a step backwards from tolerance and acceptance.
However, many opponents to the Obama administration’s guidelines on transgender bathroom protections believe the federal government should’ve never gotten involved in the first place.
What kind of man terminates Obama's transgender bathroom order?— The Capitalist Party (@CapitalistsUSA) February 23, 2017
One that has respect for State rights.#dncdebate
The Left says Trump revoking the transgender bathroom laws is "congressional overreach"— God_Bless_USA 🇺🇸 (@MihaljevichW) February 22, 2017
But Obama INVOKING same laws is NOT?#LibHypocrisy
The Education and Justice Departments notified the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday of its intentions and to disregard the memos from the Obama administration on trangendered student rights.
While she was reported to have initially opposed the measure, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended the decision and said in a statement that this issue is “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.”
She continued, “I consider protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America.”