Judge Blocks Obama Policy That Let Students Choose Bathroom Based on Gender Identity

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A crowd holds signs, waves symbolic flags, and protests the new North Carolina HB2 Law that restricts the rights of those who are gay or transgender on April 2, 2016 in downtown Asheville, NC, (Photo: Getty Images)

On Sunday, a federal court in Texas blocked an Obama Administration policy directing that transgender students at public schools be allowed to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. The ruling, which applies nationwide, bars the federal government from enforcing the policy or investigating related discrimination claims. We discuss the decision and how it may affect ongoing transgender rights cases.


Dominic Holden, national LGBT reporter, Buzzfeed

Asaf Orr, staff attorney, Transgender Youth Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies, Family Research Council