The State of Texas declared victory today in the 'battle of the bathroom,' News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The Justice Department formally notified the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it will not fight a judge's order blocking an Obama Administration order that required all public school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room that matches their 'gender identity.' That means the case is over, and the order is void.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said its a victory for the state.
“We are proud to have led the 13-state coalition that successfully fought back against the Obama administration’s illegal federal overreach into the intimate spaces within our nation’s schools and workplaces,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The administration’s directive was not just an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of countless students and employees, but it was an illegal usurpation of the authority of state and local officials."
In response, the State of Texas has withdrawn its attempt to have the ruling upheld in the appeals court.
President Trump indicated last week he thinks the issue of what bathrooms students should use is up to the states and local school boards, and is not a federal issue.