Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told superintendents of all public schools in the state via letter that they should defy President Obama’s unilaterally issued demands to open all bathroom doors to transgenders and that he will support them in any legal fight that might brew.
“This fight is just beginning,” Patrick said, the Statesman reported.
His letter specifically stated “we will be there to support” districts that violate this federally pressed plan.
Patrick announced the letters to superintendents during a press conference in Austin, where he also said he was looking into the legalities of the Fort Worth Independent School District’s decision to implement these Obama bathroom policies for transgenders without first holding hearings for parents to comment.
Recently, Fort Worth’s superintendent, Kent Paredes Scribner, told all schools in the district to open bathrooms so transgenders could choose which to use. Patrick said he’s now asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to issue a determination about the legalities of Scribner’s move, which was made “unilaterally” and without allowing parents to comment, he said, Breitbart reported. And part of that determination? The Statesman said Patrick wants Scribner to be fired for his action.
“You have to ask the question, ‘Why did this [Fort Worth] policy come out of nowhere when there seemed to be nothing to create it? I said at the time because it was directly linked to the Obama policies in Washington,” Patrick said, Breitbart reported.
Texas, along with several other states, have launched lawsuits against Obama’s directive to public schools, challenging the idea of the executive branch possessing the legal authority to withhold federal funding if transgenders aren’t allowed to choose whichever bathroom they most identify with and enter accordingly. Critics say opening boys’ bathrooms to girls and girls’ bathrooms to boys will create havoc and place students’ and staffers’ privacies in danger and safety at risk.
Stand for Fort Worth, a group that opposes the district’s new transgender bathroom and locker room policies, put out a statement that predicted a massive legal clash.
“It is now inevitable that this transgender policy will be struck down, whether it be through legal remedies or by the action of the Fort Worth ISD,” the group said, Breitbart reported. “We certainly hope for the latter as we do not wish to see any more valuable district resources wasted here. Superintendent Scribner should listen to the thousands of constituents calling for immediate repeal. We are pleased that Lt. Gov. Patrick and AG Paxton continue to show strong support for our position. If our local officials would lend a similar ear to the parents and taxpayers, our city would not be facing this crisis.”