State leaders today responded to President Barack Obama’s directive to public schools across the country that students be able to choose which gender-specific facility to use based on their personal gender identity and not the sex they were born as.
“We at Civitas urge our state and educational leaders to reject President Obama’s latest attempt to overstep his lawful role, ‘fundamentally transform’ the nation, and impose a radical agenda on every school in the state and nation. North Carolina must stand strong against this unconstitutional decree that ‘a school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said.
“The president’s new decree has no force of law, but is merely an implicit threat to withhold federal funds. It is important to remember that just yesterday the White House admitted North Carolina would not lose federal education funding after Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders filed lawsuits defending House Bill 2. In this new federal attempt to bully North Carolina, the governor, the General Assembly, state education officials and school districts should also hold their ground against this administration threat. The tragedy of this is that civil society was already developing reasonable ways of accommodating transgendered individuals without impinging on the safety and comfort of other people. We are confident the federal government’s latest attacks on our constitutional rights can be turned back so that North Carolina’s leaders, schools and people can resume the work of finding ways to meet the needs of all people in a reasonable manner.”
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Featured image is from a pro-HB2 event in April in Raleigh.