Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Responds to Obama Administration's Transgender School Edict

May 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today responded to the release of a joint directive from the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S Department of Education telling every public school district in the country to allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their “gender identity” rather than their biological sex. 

The eight-page letter instructed school administrators that, when it comes to bathrooms and locker rooms, “A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”

Roby called this federal guidance “tortuous” and said the Obama Administration is putting the social preferences of a few over the privacy rights of all. 

“They have lost their minds. This is a great example of an issue in which we need a lot less government and a lot more common sense. These are children. Eighth grade boys don’t need government-guaranteed access to the sixth grade girls' bathroom, or vice versa. 

"Schools can figure out how to accommodate students’ unique needs on an individual basis without federal bureaucrats' tortuous redefinition of sex. Moreover, threatening to sue schools or withhold funding if they don’t conform to this backward application of law is an abuse of power that won’t stand. I look forward to hearings that will expose how ridiculous and unworkable such a policy is.”

As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Roby serves on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which has jurisdiction over funding for the U.S. Department of Education, and on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, which has jurisdiction over funding for the U.S. Justice Department.