Transgender Bathroom Mandate Extending to Nearly 10,000 Federal Facilities

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 17, 2016   

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Obama administration is spreading transgender bathroom regulations to most federally operated facilities.

Online news and entertainment website Buzzfeed is claiming to have obtained a draft notice of the new regulation ahead of its scheduled publication in the Federal Register later this week.

So-called transgender people will be able to access the bathroom conforming to their "gender identity" in over 9,200 federal buildings operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA manages day-to-day operations in federal buildings across the United States, including courthouses, the Social Security building, post offices,= and prisons.

Regulations, however, don't extend to the White House, the Capitol Building or national parks because they are not under GSA management. In April 2015, it was announced the White House would have gender-neutral bathrooms. White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett commented that Obama "hired more openly LGBT Americans to serve in his administration than any other in history."

The regulations are the latest step in a series of pushes by Obama to promote the national acceptance of transgenderism. On May 13, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (ED) issued a joint letter giving "guidance" on the subject of transgender students. A portion reads, "A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so."

It continues: "As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others' discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex."

ChurchMilitant.com reported that Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, the Department of Education,and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are reconsidering grants to states refusing to comply, potentially costing states billions in federal funding.

Republican congressmen were so alarmed, 73 of them sent President Obama a letter in May demanding he answer certain questions about the mandate, including what penalties schools would suffer if they failed to accommodate transgender students.

Since May, 23 states have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the administration, requesting the court rule the mandate illegal and inapplicable. Attorneys for the Obama administration submitted a filing maintaining the mandate is considered "guidance" and not "legally binding," adding, "[T]hey expose plaintiffs to no new liability or legal requirements."

 

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