A Trump-appointed judge has halted Biden’s attempt to circumvent the rights of states to decide how to handle men and boys in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Liberals claim that boys who identify as girls have the right to privacy by permitting them in girls’ bathrooms. But, I disagree. Those are but a small minority and by giving them this right, you are yanking the privacy rights of the vast majority of girls away from them. That does not seem fair to me
U.S. District Judge Charles Atchley Jr. ruled in favor of the 20 state attorneys general who sued Joe Biden, accusing him of infringing in the rights of states in deciding how to deal with transgenders. The constitution says that unless the Constitution awards the right to the federal government it6 is up to the states to decide. Nowhere in the constitution does it give the federal government that right.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Knoxville by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery last August. Other states that joined in the suit include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. The judge’s ruling prevents federal agencies from trying to force states to bow to their unelected wills.
More from Reuters:
A coalition of 20 Republican attorneys general brought a lawsuit last year against the federal government, noting that they stood to lose significant federal funding as the Biden directives were in conflict with their own state laws.
Atchley agreed with that, writing in his order that the states “cannot continue regulating pursuant to their state laws while simultaneously complying with Defendants’ guidance.”
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, one of the plaintiffs, said in a written statement on Saturday that Atchley’s order “is a major victory for women’s sports and for the privacy and safety of girls and women in their school bathrooms and locker rooms.”
The Justice Department, the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are named as defendants in the lawsuit. None immediately replied to requests for comment on Saturday. The three had earlier requested that Atchley dismiss the states’ lawsuit, a motion the judge denied in his Friday ruling.