You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

breaking news

US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

U.S. judge: Ban on transgender bathroom rule is national


Clarifying an earlier ruling, a federal judge in Forth Worth said Wednesday that his injunction that barred the Obama administration from enforcing its school directive on transgender bathrooms applied to every state in the nation.

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor also clarified that his preliminary injunction, issued Aug. 21, applied only to the federal directive that schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room that conforms with their gender identity. It did not otherwise affect the government’s “core missions to combat discrimination based on race, national origin or disability,” he said.

Lawyers for the federal government had asked for the clarification to be issued before Thursday, when it faced a deadline to appeal the injunction.

But O’Connor said he needed additional information to address three points of contention on his injunction:

• Whether the injunction applies to investigations under Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, which protects against discrimination in public facilities and public education, “particularly as it applies to workplaces where school teachers or school staff may or must use the same intimate facilities as students.”

• Whether the injunction also applies to rules set by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

• Whether any part of the federal transgender guidelines can be reinstated if offending passages are removed.

The judge gave the federal government until Oct. 24 to address the issues. Texas, which is leading a 13-state coalition that challenged the transgender directive, has until Oct. 28 to submit a reply brief.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the clarification affirms the principle that Congress, not the president, writes the nation’s laws.

“The court’s reaffirmation of a nationwide injunction should send a clear message to the president that Texas won’t sit idly by as he continues to ignore the Constitution,” Paxton said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Texas Monthly editor: ‘Texans don’t care about politics’ quote taken out of context
Texas Monthly editor: ‘Texans don’t care about politics’ quote taken out of context

Comments made by Texas Monthly’s new editor-in-chief Tim Taliaferro in a Columbia Journalism Review article published Monday have had social media in a tizzy.
“Last Chance” Pesticide License CEU Program set for Friday
“Last Chance” Pesticide License CEU Program set for Friday

The Williamson County AgriLife Extension Service will offer an opportunity to earn six continuing education unit credit hours at the Last Chance CEU Program. It is set to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Williamson County Extension located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown. The program will provide CEUs for both commercial and...
Community news: Concordia invites public to celebrate 90th anniversary

TRAVIS COUNTY CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS Free events open to community Concordia University Texas will open its campus to the Austin area community from Thursday through Sunday for free family activities, campus and nature preserve tours, a career fair, sessions for prospective students and a celebration of the university’s 90th anniversary....
WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office
WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

A doctor in South Carolina got a huge surprise when a coyote followed him into his office. Surveillance video from outside the office shows the doctor and the animal entering the office last week. Moments later, the doctor bolts out the door with the coyote close behind him. Dr. Steve Poletti said he was minding his own business when he walked into...
Protesters to hold LGBT dance party outside Governor’s Mansion
Protesters to hold LGBT dance party outside Governor’s Mansion

Hundreds of people have signed up to protest outside the Texas governor’s mansion on Thursday against bills that they say threaten the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Their resistance of choice? Dancing. The mansion is “a Greek revival building and is the oldest continuously occupied home in Austin,” said...
More Stories