BOB ESCHLIMAN, Charisma News
About 14 months ago, on May 13, 2016, the Obama administration’s departments of education and justice issued their now infamous joint Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students, declaring the agencies would “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.”
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is meant to ensure there is no discrimination on the basis of one’s biological sex when it comes to the offering of programs and educational opportunities. The Obama administration’s unilateral decision, however, redefined federal law to advance its political agenda, thereby imposing a “one-size-fits-all policy” on every public school district in the country.
President Trump’s education and justice departments eventually reversed their predecessors’ blatant undermining of the rule of law, separation of powers and federalism, but Obama holdouts continue to try to push their agenda within the framework of the federal system. Most reasonable people understand the threats this creates for the safety and privacy of students—particularly young women.
Now, a bill being offered by a group of conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives aims to put a stop to the nonsense. The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017, which has the bill number H.R. 2796, just moved into the House Committee on the Judiciary, and was authored by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and is co-sponsored by:
- Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La.
- Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas
- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.