Today the Obama Administration issued a new guidance over transgender bathroom/shower access in schools. The guidance is designed to require schools receiving federal funds to allow students to use the facility of the gender with which they identify. In order to force public schools to comply, the Administration has threatened to restrict access to federal education funds for schools or states. Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) offered the following statement:
"This is yet another example of overreach by the Obama Administration," Palmer said. "The guidance purports to create an environment that is "supportive" and "safe". It will do neither. In fact, it will create an environment with much more potential for sexual misconduct and harm. No reasonable person could conclude that forcing school children, particularly adolescents, to share bathrooms and showers with individuals of the opposite sex, no matter how they might self-identify, is a smart idea. The safety implications for sexual predation have been well documented, but this Administration apparently has no concern about the sexual predators."
"This guidance does not have the force of law and schools all over America should reject it. Alabama schools should reject it. The Obama Administration is engaging in an ideological war against our nation that not only is ripping our moral foundations apart, but now threatens our children's safety and privacy. This action should cause all people of strong faith and moral convictions to come together across racial, religious and political lines to stop it. Members of Congress regardless of political affiliation who have the moral courage and conviction to do so, should stand to together and use every viable tool, including the power of the purse to stop the Administration from bullying states and local schools into adopting practices that the vast majority of Americans reject. This action should be seen for what it is, an act intended to force Americans to conform to the will of an increasingly extremist and provocative Administration."