Petition urges states to drop transgender bathroom lawsuit

Petition urges states to drop transgender bathroom lawsuit

LBGT advocates are launching a petition to fight back against the 23 states suing the Obama administration over guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

The petition, spearheaded by Freedom for All Americans, urges elected leaders in those states to "stop attacking" transgender Americans.

“We need to send the message that our nation is stronger when everyone is included and protected from discrimination,” the petition says.

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In the lawsuit, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the states argue the administration is trying circumvent Congress and rewrite anti-discrimination laws.

“In addition to preserving fundamental standards of privacy and dignity, especially within the workplace and educational facilities, the public maintains an abiding interest in upholding the separation of powers, which reserves the lawmaking process to those that they elected—Congress—and mandates that legislative rules are promulgated in accordance with the statutory framework that Congress provided,” the states said in court documents.

In August, a Texas district judge blocked the administration's guidance from taking effect nationwide while the court challenge plays out.

Judge Reed O’Connor said the administration failed to follow proper notice and comment requirements under the Administrative Procedures Act and issued a directive that contradicts legislative and regulatory texts.

Twelve stats and the District of Columbia have filed an amicus brief in support of the administration.

“While plaintiffs’ claimed harms are hypothetical, the discrimination suffered by transgender individuals is all too real,” they wrote.  “Such discrimination harms transgender individuals at work, at school, and in public, causing tangible economic, emotional, and health consequences.”