Feds' transgender guidance provokes fierce backlash (boycotts)
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Feds' transgender guidance provokes fierce backlash
By Ray Sanchez, CNN
Updated 6:44 PM ET, Sat May 14, 2016
(CNN)The Obama administration's directive on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students has provoked a torrent of criticism. It also marks a new front in America's long-running culture wars.
The latest battle over transgender rights and sexual identity comes in response to a joint letter Friday from the Departments of Education and Justice directing public schools to ensure that "transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment."
Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, addressed the issue Saturday in remarks at the University of Minnesota Law School commencement.
"Even after the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage decision last year in Obergefell v. Hodges that guaranteed all people 'equal dignity in the eyes of the law,' we see new efforts to deny LGBTI individuals the respect they deserve and the protection our laws guarantee," she said.
"Efforts like House Bill 2 in North Carolina not only violate the laws that govern our nation, but also the values that define us as a people."
A legal standoff between the administration and North Carolina over the state's controversial House Bill 2 is part of a broader public debate on transgender rights in schools and public life. The statewide policy bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex and restricts cities from passing nondiscrimination laws.
The Obama administration directive goes beyond the bathroom issue to touch on privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics. And that has unleashed a fierce backlash from ministers, parents and politicians who say the federal government has gone too far.
The joint letter, of course, does not carry the force of law. The threat of a cut in federal funding, however, is abundantly clear.
Politicians lead the charge
Prominent politicians across the nation are defiantly standing up against the guidance from Washington.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick accused the Obama administration of "blackmail" and called the directive "social engineering."
"Families in America will not accept it," he told reporters.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, on Twitter, promised a fight: "Obama can't rewrite the Civil Rights Act. He's not a king."
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