In a clear shift away from his predecessor, President Donald Trump’s White House has asked a judge to cancel a crucial hearing in a legal appeal over an Obama-era rule regarding transgender bathroom use.
Former President Barack Obama issued a controversial administrative rule in May 2016 extending Title IX protections to transgendered individuals, ensuring their right to use the bathroom they claim aligns with their gender identity.
Had state-funded schools, colleges and universities not complied with the directive, it could put public institutions at risk of losing federal funding.
In August, Texas and 12 other states sued the Obama administration over the transgender directive. Critics of the guidance argue Obama’s Justice and Education Departments attempted to rewrite the definition of “sex” in “sex-based discrimination” to include gender identity and Republicans have asserted that the decision imposed federal mandates by unlawfully sidestepping Congress.