You don’t mess with Texas. When they don’t like something, they will tell you. Are you happy about this?
A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Obama administration’s directive that school children be allowed to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity regardless of biological gender — siding, for now, with 13 states and agencies challenging the controversial order.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor did not rule on the underlying challenge itself. The order means that the administration’s directive will be blocked while the case itself plays out.
O’Connor, a Texas-based federal judge, determined the administration had “failed to comply” with federal rules for issuing such directives — including “notice and comment requirements.”
The Department of Justice responded to the ruling in a statement, saying it was “disappointed in the court’s decision” and is reviewing its options.
The challenge by the states and agencies, led by Texas, is the latest battle between the federal government and various states opposed to the policy changes.