In the immediate wake of the Obama administration’s letter to school administrators Friday dictating “transgender” policy, at least two states have already issued statements saying they will not comply. The Texas statement, issued by the lieutenant governor, called the administration’s directive “blackmail,” while the North Carolina statement, also issued by the lieutenant governor, called it “social experimentation” on students. Both statements make clear that the federal government has no authority to set transgender policy for the schools.
The New American reported on Obama’s directive Friday. In that report, this writer said the letter is “an egregious overreach by the federal government as well as an assault on traditional morality.” As battle lines continue to be drawn in the “Transgender Wars,” both North Carolina and Texas are lining up on the side of the Constitution, states’ rights, and basic morality. More states are likely to follow their example, emboldened by both the logic and the conviction offered in the statements these two states have made.