Late Tuesday night, a federal judge from Texas blocked the Obama Administration’s nationwide transgender bathroom edict issued in May, which requires all public schools to capitulate to the left’s transgender ideology—allowing biological boys the use of girls’ locker-rooms and restrooms, and vice-versa—at the threat of lawsuits and revoked funding.
“In an order issued late Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor made some changes to the ruling he issued in August at the request of 13 states opposed to the policy, but he left the Education Department unable to bring new cases enforcing transgender students’ access to access to what he termed ‘intimate facilities’ across the nation,” reports Politico.
O’Connor—an appointee of President George W. Bush—rejected a Department of Justice request to limit the ban to the 13 states currently suing the administration over the directive, as opposed to implementing a nationwide ban for the time being. The judge argued that he had the legal authority to expand the ban nationwide, and issued his injunction accordingly.
“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. A nationwide injunction is necessary because the alleged violation extends nationwide,” wrote O’Connor. “Should the Court only limit the injunction to the plaintiff states who are a party to this cause of action, the Court risks a ‘substantial likelihood that a geographically-limited injunction would be ineffective.'”
The judge argued that he had the legal authority to expand the ban nationwide, and issued his injunction accordingly.
The Obama Administration will appeal the decision, as the Justice Department previously told the court that an appeal would be filed by Thursday if a clarification on the injection was not issued.
“However, if the 5th Circuit upholds O’Connor’s injunction and the Supreme Court ultimately deadlocks 4-4 on the issue, the ruling could affect the federal government’s authority nationwide—at least until a new justice is confirmed to the court,” notes Politico.
Conservatives have long argued that the Obama transgender bathroom edict is unconstitutional to the fullest extent, using force and “blood money” to pay off bureaucrats to apply the left’s agenda to the masses without their consent.