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February 17, 2017

Surprise: Jeff Sessions' Justice Department Will Not Be Enforcing Obama's "Guidance" on Genderless Bathroom Requirements

Amidst all the ego-driven "See we told you!" crap from the asinine and smug NeverTrump camp, it's important to note the ways in which they were wrong.

If they had gotten their way -- the election of Hillary Clinton -- Obama's push to make genderless bathrooms the state-imposed norm would be continuing apace.

Last May, the Justice and Education departments released what has been termed a "dear colleague" letter, providing "significant guidance" to school districts across the country about the best policies for respecting the rights of transgender individuals in schools. Under the auspices of Title IX, the letter advised that schools ought to permit students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities that align with their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

Then, in August, a judge placed a temporary hold on this guidance letter, leaving school bathroom policies in limbo. In a new one-page filing, the Justice Department has advised that it will not continue to push its appeal against the judge's decision, meaning, in part, that the oral arguments scheduled to take place this week will be put off for the foreseeable future.

In addition, 13 states sued the Obama administration over the "dear colleague" letter; the Justice Department’s latest move leaves uncertain the future of that lawsuit. This decision will leave schools across the country free to craft their own bathroom, shower, dorm-room, and locker-room policies in the absence of federal guidance. In practice, this means that every locality will control its own policies, allowing parents, teachers, and local school boards to determine the best path forward.

If the NeverTrump hold-outs want to avoid the complete loss of reputation and credibility with the only part of the country they've ever had any sway with -- as their close cousins in the liberal media have already lost -- it would behoove them to mix in a couple "and here's where our preferred outcome would have been worse" among their never-ending finger-pointing fake-news victory laps.

But, like their close leftist media cousins, they are unaccountably proud of their lack of accomplishments, and can never admit error.

The problem with the incompetent admitting errors is that once they've started, when would they ever end?


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