Trump uses “states’ rights” excuse in attack on transgender students

Abdicating the Federal government’s responsibility for basic civil rights:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the Trump administration will issue new guidance on Title IX protections for transgender students. The comments came in response to a question during a White House press briefing about reports the White House would rescind the Obama administration’s guidance that sought to bar discrimination against transgender students and ensure they had access to bathrooms of their choice.

“The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,” Spicer said.

What’s next, allowing the states to decide if they want blacks and whites to attend the same schools? Yes, that is a relevant comparison. At various times in our country’s history, certain groups of people were denied the rights others enjoyed, and they had to fight for equal treatment. And inevitably, the only real cure for that unfairness had to be orchestrated by the Federal government. Because if a person who lives in Connecticut moves to another state, say North Carolina for instance, and they lose one (or more) of the basic civil rights they enjoyed in their previous state, our nation has a problem. It really is that simple.

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