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The Wall Street Journal: Justice Department takes step back from transgender protections

Newly instated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has shown an early sign of backing away from an Obama administration initiative that directs schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the sex with which they identify.

The signal came in a Friday court filing from Justice Department lawyers withdrawing a request made last year by the Obama administration. That request came in response to a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit challenging federal guidance to states on accommodating transgender students.

The guidance, issued by President Barack Obama last May, said transgender students are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that bars discrimination in education based on sex at schools that accept federal money.

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