Bathroom Directive Withdraw Statement
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s withdraw of the Obama Administration’s directive on school bathroom access.
“The Trump Justice Department was correct to withdraw the previous administration’s bathroom directive,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This unlawful federal directive was an attempt to force a liberal, outrageous social agenda on school-age children. Local schools, not the federal government, are in a much better position to provide reasonable, dignified, respectful solutions for all students, including those who are transgendered. I will continue to review tonight’s guidance, and discuss with my colleagues around the country the impact it will have on our current litigation.”
Rutledge and Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson led a 10-state coalition challenging the Obama Administration’s directive. In August, a U.S. District Judge issued a nationwide injunction in a similar case brought by Texas, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing the directive on public schools across the country to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.