President Donald Trump has revoked a highly controversial federal policy mandating that public schools provide access allowing transgender students to use any restroom that aligns with their “perceived gender.”
President Trump’s order came Feb. 21, just nine months after Barak Obama violated the privacy rights of millions of students by unilaterally undermining gender-specific facilities. In issuing his order last May, Obama sided with progressives who have been persistently working to create special protections for those dealing with so-called “gender identity” issues.
Critics have cited safety and religious freedom issues as the Obama plan forces private organizations to violate closely held beliefs in order to
accommodate the sexual identity of a select few. In August, a federal judge blocked the implementation of Obama’s directive as a lawsuit challenging it as it works its way through the system.
In reversing Obama’s order, though, President Trump avoided wading into the debate on transgenderism, instead choosing to focus on the role of the federal government.
“I think that all you have to do is look at what the President’s view has been for a long time, that this is not something the federal government should be involved in, that this is a states’ rights issue,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.
President Trump’s decision will likely have no impact in California, which has already paved the way for transgender access to all restrooms and locker rooms across the state.