The Wall Street Journal: White House’s transgender bathroom rules dealt legal setback

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Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca in Durham, North Carolina

DALLAS—A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s directive allowing transgender public school students to use the bathroom of their choice, siding with Texas and a coalition of 12 other states that filed a lawsuit over the issue.

In a ruling issued late Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said that administration failed to take proper steps in crafting the recent guidelines, which say schools should let students use the bathroom of their chosen gender identity.

O’Connor said that because the guidelines were in effect legally binding regulations, the Department of Education should have held a formal process allowing those impacted—in this case, states and school districts—to publicly comment on them.

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