Judge Reed O’Connor, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, has issued an injunction barring the federal government from sanctioning schools for not following the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender bathroom policies.
The judge granted a preliminary injunction in Texas and several other states challenging the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. He said Title IX’s text “is not ambiguous.” The law specifically permits educational institutions to provide separate restrooms and locker rooms, which prohibit sex discrimination in schools, colleges and universities. The Obama administration interprets Title IX to include discrimination based on gender identity.
Appeals or other legal action have not been announced by the federal government.