News of the Obama Administration's disturbing directive to public schools that male and female students should be forced to share private spaces has remained in the headlines for months following outrage by students, parents, and concerned citizens alike.
And for good reason.
The directive would allow students who claim their gender identity is different from their biological sex to undress in the same locker room, and even share rooms on overnight trips with members of the opposite sex. This is a complete invasion of and disregard for your children and grandchildren's right to bodily privacy.
Texas helped lead the charge against the directive, filing suit against the Obama Administration back in May along with Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
The states joined North Carolina, which had already filed suit against the federal government over its demands that the state open up locker rooms, restrooms, and other private facilities to members of the opposite sex or risk losing its federal funding.
Now other states are taking a stand as well.
Last Friday, ten additional states filed their own lawsuit against the government. These states include: Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
"The [Obama] administration has exceeded its authority in threatening schools that choose to protect children’s privacy," said ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. "Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and the growing number of states across the country who joined him in this lawsuit are to be commended for exercising common sense and defending the privacy and safety of children.”
The Obama Administration seems to be under the misconception that students don't care about bodily privacy—that it's all no big deal. But not only does this directive open up the door for abuse, it also adds a lot of extreme anxiety and discomfort for students who simply want to continue to use the restroom, shower, and change without those of the opposite sex present.
As we learned when talking with the students involved in our case, Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education, bodily privacy is important to students. In that situation, some female students avoid using the bathroom all day because they are uncomfortable at the thought of sharing it with a male student. One wears her gym clothes under her regular clothes so she won't have to change in the locker room and risk being exposed to a male student. Others experience embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, fear, apprehension, stress, degradation, and loss of dignity.
Students should be free to focus on their education and extracurricular activities without worrying who might be joining them in the locker room, or if they'll have to compete against students of the opposite biological sex for a spot on a sports team, or if they might have to share a room on their school trip with someone of the opposite sex.
School districts have a responsibility to do what's best for every single one of its students. And the federal government is outrageously overstepping its bounds by imposing its agenda on students.
These States Got it Right—Will Yours?
No law—including Title IX, the federal law concerning sex discrimination at schools and colleges that receive federal education funds—requires schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms or girls into boys’ restrooms. These 24 states are trying to do the right thing by the students in their care, but more states need to wake up to the fact that the American people do not want the Obama Administration imposing its agenda on children.
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