The Obama administration is not backing down from the fight over the so-called “bathroom bill.”
In the midst of what has become a legal standoff between North Carolina and the federal government, the Obama administration on Friday issued a directive to public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their corresponding gender identity. The North Carolina legislature is working to uphold a bill that outlaws people from using public bathrooms that don’t align with the biological sex listed on their birth certificates.
“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts Friday. The directive was released by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education.
While the directive is not legally enforceable or punishable, it does carry some repercussions — if schools who are receiving federal funding do not follow through on the proposal, they risk getting their federal funding pulled.