A Republican congressman from Indiana has proposed legislation blocking President Barack Obama’s guidelines requiring schools to let transgender students use the restrooms of their choice, or risk losing federal funding.
Rep. Luke Messer’s bill is titled “the Prohibiting the Usurpation of Bathroom Laws through Independent Choice School Act, or the PUBLIC School Act.”
The legislation states that it “shall not be unlawful under any federal law” for state or local authorities to “enforce a policy regarding the use of sex-segregated bathrooms, or sex-segregated locker rooms, of educational institutions on the basis of gender identity.” It also holds that federal financial aid “may not be reduced or denied” because local authorities set up their own policies on the use of these facilities.
Confusion and consternation over the issue recently prompted 73 GOP lawmakers to ask for clarification in a letter to the Obama administration.The lawmakers asked for a reply to the letter by May 30:
Among other things, [the letter] asked what steps might be taken against school officials who don’t comply, whether there will be any accommodation for rights of conscience, and all the steps school staff must take to comply.
Meanwhile, black conservative activists are blasting the Obama administration for saying the transgender bathroom issue is a civil rights issue and for comparing North Carolina’s transgender law to white-supremacist laws that once permitted racism and segregation:
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