President Trump rescinded the directive issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice. That had a direct impact on the case being sent back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The first duty of school districts is to protect the bodily privacy rights of all the students who attend their schools,” said Kerri Kupec, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, “and to respect the rights of parents who understandably don’t want their children exposed in intimate changing areas like locker rooms and showers. The 4th Circuit should affirm the plain meaning of Title IX.”
Title IX, the federal law that opened opportunities for girls in the educational sphere, uses the word “sex” to define girls and boys. President Obama reinterpreted the plain meaning of the language to include “gender identity.”
Family Policy Alliance partnered with WoLF, a radical feminist organization, to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, said the effort to protect the privacy and safety of children in public schools will never end.
“Now that federal courts can consider this case without the interference of the Obama Administration’s faulty ‘bathroom mandate,’ we hope that the 4th Circuit—and other courts considering similar cases—will return to common sense and ensure that the privacy and safety rights of all are protected, particularly for students in our schools,” she said. “Family Policy Alliance and our network of state-based family policy groups will continue to advocate for privacy and safety to be once again made top priority at the state level as well.”
My son, Cade, has a problem.
Despite the fact that my oldest son, Peyton, is a sometimes less-than-nice big brother (we are working on that!), Cade adores his “big bro,” 19 months his elder. That means Cade follows Peyton, does what Peyton does, tries to play with what Peyton plays with (which sometimes leads to an epic, though usually one-sided, tug-of-war), and emulate his brother in nearly every way.
That gets Cade into trouble.
You see, while Peyton is a nimble, athletic 2-and-a-half-year-old, Cade, who turned 1 in January, is not yet where his brother is physically. That means, when Peyton takes risks like jumping off of something or trying some other form of a daring stunt (a regular occurrence), Cade usually follows along unthinkingly only to end up hurt and in tears.
The same is true for us! When we blindly follow, unquestioningly, any man not named Jesus Christ we will fall, end up hurt, disappointed, and looking foolish.
I preface my comments below with the analogy above because I never want Family Policy Alliance of Georgia to fall into that trap. Cade’s folly is often seen when Christians allow themselves to become tied too closely with a person or a movement.
While I never want us to go down that path, we must acknowledge when our leaders do something worthy of applause.
That’s why I am asking each of you to join me in thanking President Trump for his revocation of President Obama’s “bathroom mandate,” which demanded that boys be allowed to use girls restrooms, locker rooms and showers in public schools.
There is not likely to be anything more rooted in pure “common sense” than Trump’s decision to rescind that over-reaching edict, but we need to rally around the president on this issue.
While this issue is one of abundant clarity to us, the liberal media and even many in Trump’s inner circle urged him to let the order stand. His willingness to stand against the tide and for the innocence of our children is worthy of applause as well as illustrative of the influence people of faith are having on this administration.
Will you join me today in thanking President Trump for his willingness to do what is right?
President Trump needs to know we are watching and that, while we will never follow blindly and unquestioningly, he has our strong support on this issue. Please join me in thanking President Trump for his willingness to stand with us!
In His Service,
P.S. The greatest buttress we can provide the Trump Administration against the onslaught of attacks from the Left, from the media, and even opponents of pro-family issues within the Republican Party is to voice our support when the president stands strong in support of the family. Please join me in thanking President Trump today!
Great news came to Derby with an assist from President Trump.
The Trump administration has ordered America’s schools to ignore a mandate previously issued by the Obama administration instructing them to use “gender identity” instead of sex when determining policies for bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private facilities.
Shortly thereafter, the Derby School Board, which governs the only Kansas school district to publicly announce implementation of the Obama policy, reversed course. The voices of hundreds of parents and students who opposed the radical shift in policy were heard and prevailed.
This is a win, but it’s not the end of the fight to preserve the safety and privacy of girls and boys in Kansas. We are working alongside the parents of Derby schoolchildren and others across Kansas to pass the Student Privacy Act and other laws. Our work is vital because we know the proponents of LGBT ideology are not going to give up.
Consider the ongoing saga of florist and grandmother Barronelle Stutzman. Just last month, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the State of Washington can force her to use her artistic talent as a florist to participate in events which violate her religious beliefs.
Another example is the story of David and Jason Benham. These entrepreneurs from North Carolina lost an HGTV home renovation show when progressive activists made an issue of their traditional Christian understanding of marriage.
David and Jason will be featured guests at two events for Family Policy Alliance of Kansas in May. They will share their story and remind us why this work is so very important. Keep an eye out for more information!
The news was good for parents and students in Derby this week but other issues all across the nation continue to challenge our religious freedom. The Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is here to ensure you have the ability to live out your beliefs – and to fight alongside you when you run into obstacles to this fundamental right. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity.
President Trump has sent a letter to public schools rescinding the “bathroom mandate” put in place by the previous administration. The move sends a clear message that privacy and safety is the top priority for our kids.
Autumn Leva, policy director at Family Policy Alliance, tells us there’s much to be grateful for in Trump’s latest action.
Tell President Trump ‘Thank You’ for Stopping the Bathroom Mandate.
Do you believe that boys should have access to girls’ locker rooms, showers and bathrooms? President Obama does. His “bathroom mandate” is using Title IX federal funding to force public schools to allow just that.
Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, tells us why we’ve formed an unusual alliance to make our voice heard at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Download a copy of the amicus brief as filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Most moms and daughters would agree that boys in public schools do not belong in girls’ restrooms and locker rooms – and vice versa. And now the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether common sense will prevail over President Obama’s misguided activism.
A school district in Gloucester County, Virginia, turned down a female student’s request to use the boys’ restrooms. The student says she identifies as a boy, and, under controversial new guidelines from the Department of Education, being willing to say so is all it takes.
The state chapter of the ACLU sued on behalf of the girl. A federal appeals court ruled against the school district. Recently, the nation’s highest court added the case to its list.
“Schools have a duty to protect the privacy and safety of all students,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Gary McCaleb. “In light of the right to bodily privacy, federal law should not be twisted to require that a male be given access to the girls’ facilities, or a female to the boys’ facilities.”
ADF filed a brief supporting the school district on behalf of nearly 9,000 parents, students, grandparents and members of the community, as well as more than 40 state family policy councils.
We know it’s possible to stop the so-called bathroom mandate. A similar effort in Pennsylvania successfully was pushed back, thanks in part to the efforts of Pennsylvania Family Council. The group collected petitions, coordinated phone calls and held a public rally.
“I’m a mom of three young girls,” said Carla D’Addesi, a spokeswoman for the Defend My Privacy Coalition. “I want to make sure that my children’s expectation of privacy and their safety is not being infringed upon.”
Family Policy Alliance launched the “Ask Me First” project to equip families across America with resources to help them stand up for their moms and daughters. We encourage you to view the real-life stories, and even share your own at AskMeFirstPlease.com