A nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states is granted after a U.S. judge blocks Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice. Jillian Kitchener reports.
A U.S. judge has blocked Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice. The ruling by Reed O'Connor, a judge for the Northern District of Texas, gives an initial victory to a group of 13 states led by Texas. The judge said the administration did not follow proper procedures for notice and comment in issuing the guidelines... although, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the administration is confident they are legal. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN, JOSH EARNEST, SAYING: "...our goal has been from the beginning to provide for the safety and security and dignity of students all across the country. So, I guess the point is we've got a lot of confidence in the guidance that was put forward. We certainly have confidence in the legal basis for issuing that guidance." Speaking in May, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the injunction was about protecting the Constitution: (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON, SAYING: "...Without the Constitution, our democratic process no longer works, we no longer have a representative government so absolutely we'll defend the constitution until the day I leave." But the latest U.S. civil rights battle is far from over. The Department of Justice says it's disappointed in the decision and is reviewing its options. Legal experts expect it will appeal.