A federal judge has stopped President Obama’s policy forcing public schools to allow students claiming to be transgender into bathrooms that do not correspond with the gender on their birth certificates.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor rejected the Obama administration’s request to lift an injunction against the Department of Education’s transgender bathroom policy.
The injunction was originally issued in August in response to a challenge to the policy by 13 state attorneys general.
The Justice Department requested the injunction be limited to the 13 states who objected, but this week O’Connor issued his ruling against that.
“It is clear from Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit precedent that this Court has the power to issue a nationwide injunction where appropriate. Both Title IX and Title VII rely on the consistent, uniform application of national standards in education and workplace policy,” O’Connor said in his ruling.
“A geographically-limited injunction would be ineffective.”