With barely three months left of his tenure as the President of the United States, Barack Obama is fighting tooth and nail to deal one final blow to the core fabric of family in his country. As we reported in 2009, in the early days of Mr Obama’s presidency: “Indeed just a few minutes after [Obama’s] inauguration, his staff posted his agendas concerning homosexuality and abortion on the White House website. The postings also included his avowed decision to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act” (http://churcharise.blogspot.com.ng/2009/03/re-is-obama-antichrist.html ). His latest act, in June, is the announcement by the Pentagon that openly transgender people could now serve in the nation’s armed forces (http://tinyurl.com/z84sz6y).
But the big battle is in schools, directly affecting the critical, coming generation. In his final salvo in that sector, in May, Mr Obama announced new rules requiring that public schools allow transgender students to use toilet facilities consistent with whatever gender status they claim, irrespective of the gender listed in their birth certificates. Eleven states, led by Texas went to court at that time. With Obama’s hot aggression against non-compliant states, especially against North Carolina, which passed a law directly opposing the new rule, ten other states, led by Nebraska have on July 8, also gone to court requesting “legal clarity” in the interpretation of existing laws.
The core of the matter is the meaning of the word “sex” in Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination “on the basis of sex”. In 2014, the Obama administration had clarified that the existing federal ban on discrimination on the basis of sex “extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity” – in other words, transgenders. The new rule in May was portrayed as an innocuous build-up on this definition.
The lawsuits from the states is however challenging this interpretation by Mr Obama’s federal government. According to the new lawsuit: “The legislative history of Title IX reveals no intent to include ‘gender identity’ within the meaning of ‘sex….The term ‘sex’, as used in Title IX and its implementing regulations, means male and female, under the traditional binary conception of sex consistent with one’s genes and anatomy.”