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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Statement on Court Decision Blocking Obama Administration’s Bathroom Guidelines

August 22, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after a Texas judge temporarily blocked the Obama Administration’s directive requiring public schools to allow students to use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth:

“I applaud the court’s decision to temporarily block this heavy-handed and politically motivated directive that had no right to be forced upon our schools in the first place,” said Congressman Diane Black. “I have long said that a federal government so big and so powerful that it has extended its reach all the way to the school bathroom stall is a government that has lost its way. Tennesseans know that our educators and school administrators are better equipped than any DC bureaucrat to care for the unique needs of their student population, and I am pleased that our state is among those challenging this senseless decree.”

“We all agree on the rights of students to be treated with dignity and respect, but that right must also exist alongside the rights of students to maintain their privacy and safety in their own schools,” added Congressman Black. “By forcing young children into situations where they may share a bathroom with someone of the opposite biological sex, the Obama Administration has failed to strike that balance and will put our students at unnecessary risk. We must continue fighting this dangerous and coercive directive on all fronts, which is why I am a cosponsor of legislation invaliding the President’s orders and have sought to defund implementation of these actions through the appropriations process.”

5/13/16 – Rep. Black Blasts Obama Administration’s Directive on School Bathrooms

05/26/16- Rep. Black’s Op-Ed: Sumner Schools Must Fight ACLU Transgender Restroom Complaint

Additional Information:
Congressman Black is a cosponsor of H.R. 5275, the Prohibiting the Usurpation of Bathroom Laws through Independent Choice School Act (PUBLIC School Act) of 2016 – legislation protecting the authority of state and local governments to enact and enforce separate male and female bathrooms at educational institutions. Congressman Black is additionally a cosponsor of H.R. 5294, the Student Privacy Protection and Safety Act, which declares that the Obama Administration’s orders related to school bathroom policy “shall have no effect on any entity to which such title applies and shall have no effect on legal proceedings.”