Of all Barack Obama’s reckless policy initiatives, none has shown more contempt for common sense and rule of law than the new bullying on transgender bathrooms. Department of Education “guidelines” threaten to cut off federal funds to school districts that don’t allow children to enter washrooms, showers or changing rooms that conform to their “gender identity,” regardless of biological status and with no medical certification required.
This policy tramples the Constitution, with no basis in either legislation or court decisions, and rests entirely on executive whim. It shatters all local control of the most private, intimate aspect of student life. The feds won’t even allow the direction of transgendered students to specially designated unisex or single use bathrooms—showing the radical, arrogant essence of the new Washington mandate.
Officials in Texas, North Carolina and other states are right to resist this outrageous federal power grab, and all conservatives should support their principled stand.