Obama continues weird push for deviant restroom rights

NY Times:
Restrooms Must Honor Gender Identity, U.S. Tells Schools

A letter to school districts orders them to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

It does not have the force of law, but contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.
The threat of the loss of federal aid is not particularly credible.  Democrats use federal aid as a hammer to force schools to provide programs and spend on items they otherwise would not.  While not an empty threat, it is not as potent as Obama might perceive.  The threat of a lawsuit has little basis in the law and would take an activist court to reinterpret existing statutes that do not mention transgender issues.

As a political matter, this does not look like a winning issue for Democrats.  In fact, it makes them look like they are focused on normalizing deviancy while they are allowing much bigger issues to fester.  Obama's attempt to bypass congress and the people demonstrates his tendency to act as a despot.

The Washington Post has the Texas response:
‘Straight into the paper shredder’: Texans decry Obama’s directive

The president’s decree has merely intensified an already raging debate about gendered bathrooms and who should and should not be allowed to use them.

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