Following is a complilation of reactions from family advocates and conservatives to a directive handed down today from the Obama administration telling public schools across the U.S. they must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with the gender with which they identify.
"Kids have issues when they come to school – and schools have a tough job accommodating them, but they do. But this is now taking one child with an issue, and saying everyone else – for whatever reason the superintendent [of the Fort Worth Independent School District] and now the president have – makes no sense. Again, it's going to undermine public school. I said this on Tuesday: this will be the end of public education if this prevails. People will pull their kids out, homeschooling will explode, private schools will increase, school choice will pass.
"Once again, the Obama administration has overstepped its constitutional bounds to meddle in the affairs of state and local government. Today's announcement seeking to unilaterally redefine and expand federal law must be challenged. If President Obama thinks he can bully Texas schools into allowing men to have open access to girls in bathrooms, he better prepare for yet another legal fight."
"President Obama has once again demonstrated his resolute commitment to this radical social reengineering, based around sexual deviancy and gender identity, by practically sending off an extortion letter to all of the United States' public schools, including colleges, universities, high schools, elementary and middle schools.
"[Lawsuits will be filed], but many of these challenges will be lodged in district courts that are stacked with Obama appointees – and if not district courts, many of the appellate courts are stacked as well. So of course we must be vigilant in challenging things legally, but ultimately people need to be prepared for the real prospect that this could end up in your local schools."
"The Mississippi Department of Education should disregard the so-called guidance the Obama administration has issued regarding public schools' restroom policies. The directive is nonbinding, and does not carry the force of law. Because these decisions are better left to the states, and not made at the point of a federal bayonet, Mississippi's public schools should not participate in the president's social experiment."
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant
"The overwhelming amount of federal aid to local public schools goes to the school districts because of disadvantaged children – and those funds often are aimed at minority communities. So the President of the United States and the attorney general are holding hostage low-income, minority children getting the aid they need to close the educational gap – and they're doing that on behalf of basically the gay rights movement and their transgender ally.
"Every African-American pastor in America ought to be at the pulpit this Sunday condemning this administration for putting the needs of low-income, minority children after the demands of this strange lobbying group that wants to turn human nature and common sense upside down."
"When Congress banned sex discrimination in 1964 and 1972, it clearly did not mean 'gender identity.' The president would be disrespecting the very notion of the rule of law if he were to direct otherwise.
"The Obama Administration is imposing its radical ideology on everyone by force rather than seeking approval of its agenda through the democratic process."
"Americans should debate this openly. [But] we're not debating it – we're allowing government bureaucrats to run the show. The fact that the government is from the top dictating this [makes me] wonder what the agenda is, why they're doing it, why they're forcing an issue that the great majority of Americans don't agree with. So this is just something that Congress should be looking at and deciding, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC."
"It's essentially a coup, a leftist coup of local schools – and parents and communities and states need to stand up against this. I do hope that Congress acts.
"We need to stop it somehow, whether it's a taxpayer lawsuit; a mass, class-action lawsuit – I don't know if that kind of thing is allowable; impeachment proceedings; or some other fashion. Maybe it's simply ignoring him because no law backs this up – there is no law that backs up what he's doing."
"From Harvey Milk sexual indoctrination this month, to teaching kids throughout the year that homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality, and teen fornication are good and natural and maybe even for them – the only way to protect your children from this harm is to permanently remove them from government schools, and to either enroll them in solid church schools or do homeschooling. Rescue your precious boys and girls while you still can.
"We know that public schools have been dumbing down kids for a long time, but if school administrators think they have to submit to this bully tactic, it shows they've either dumbed themselves down or are purposefully deceiving parents once again."
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