Monday, October 31, 2016

AG applauds Supreme Court ruling on bathrooms

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release: 


Attorney General Jim Hood Applauds U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision

JACKSON— Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to hear arguments in a lawsuit between a Virginia public school board and a transgender student regarding which restrooms the transgender student is permitted to use.

Attorney General Hood joined amicus briefs in November 2015 and again this summer stating that the courts should defer to the judgment of the local school board. That board argued that, in order to protect students’ privacy and safety, students were required to use restrooms based on their sex at birth, or use unisex restrooms.

“I am relieved that the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of resolving this dispute and am hopeful that it find that schools need flexibility to make their own policy decisions based on each school’s own distinct needs and resources,” Attorney General Hood said.

In May, the Attorney General declined to join the lawsuit filed by Texas over the same types of issues, because the state of Mississippi had at that point already been active in the Virginia case for seven months.

“As I stated at the time, I believe the state’s litigation resources were better used to support the school district in Virginia in its effort to seek review from the Supreme Court rather than to file a new lawsuit in Texas,” Attorney General Hood said. “I believe this issue should be resolved as quickly as possible, and that these policy decisions should remain at the discretion of local schools and professional educators, who are better qualified than lawyers to make decisions under Title IX on these kinds of important issues.”

“The issue is to let local school boards decide whether the facilities and personnel are available to police the bathroom facilities from mischievous boys entering girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, not a federal agency. It is not to punish those who really believe they are the opposite sex than that which God gave them. If a school wants to have bathrooms available to either sex or establish a review process to ferret out pranksters, then the school boards should make those decisions based upon the location of the restroom and locker rooms and personnel.  This is not a case where a court has found that a transgender person has the constitutional right to go to whichever restroom they prefer. The U. S. Departments of Education and Justice are stretching the meaning of the word sex to mean the sex you think you should have been born with. When the word was written by Congress in 1972 and amended the Higher Education Act of 1965 prohibiting discrimination based on sex, I do not believe they were contemplating sex as being anything other than sex at birth.  Had the Congress intended differently, then it could have added different language. Although courts generally respect and allow deference to agencies interpreting statutes under their purview, I do not believe our U.S. Supreme Court will allow two federal agencies to coerce states into adopting their twisted definition of the word sex by cutting off federal funds to schools.  

“Sex has been determined on the basis of genitalia since the beginning of time.  I am sympathetic to people whose brain tells them their soul, personality and being are the opposite of the genitalia with which they were born.  If they prefer to dress and act like the opposite sex, I am sure it is awkward for them to have to go to a restroom opposite their dress.  However, others have rights to be considered and until the U. S. Supreme Court says people have a constitutional right to go to the restroom of their preference, a federal agency should not be allowed to substitute its opinion for local school boards who protect all of our children."

17 comments:

Obama's America said...

Men:

Feel free to whip it out in the ladies room of your choice. It is your civil right.

I'm Jim Hood and I approve this message.

Anonymous said...

@2:43 .... Did you even read the whole statement?

Anonymous said...

Hey 2:43.... try reading! “Sex has been determined on the basis of genitalia since the beginning of time. I am sympathetic to people whose brain tells them their soul, personality and being are the opposite of the genitalia with which they were born. If they prefer to dress and act like the opposite sex, I am sure it is awkward for them to have to go to a restroom opposite their dress. However, others have rights to be considered and until the U. S. Supreme Court says people have a constitutional right to go to the restroom of their preference, a federal agency should not be allowed to substitute its opinion for local school boards who protect all of our children."

Anonymous said...

He's corrupt, lock him up!

Anonymous said...

Make all bathrooms unisex. Only fair way to do it and we will not have to have separate bathrooms. People do not have one sex only bathrooms in their home. Why do they want something in other places that they do not even have in their own home?

Anonymous said...

4:01... Do you also have 5 toilets and 5 urinals in your home bathroom?

No kidding, unisex bathrooms solve the problems for single occupancy restrooms, but when it comes to large facilities such as schools, office buildings (as where I work) there's multiple toilets in a single room. Another problem that the aforementioned areas have, multiple people need to use the facilities during a short period of time, so having a locking bathroom and multiple people using the single restroom isn't very public friendly.

The costs of retrofitting entire bathroom layouts, or remodeling for additional bathrooms would be astronomical. Do you see our State affording that for all the state buildings? Can our schools afford that? Does the government mandate private businesses to remodel and refit? All for a fraction of a percent of the population. It really makes very little economical sense, although that's the norm for this era of governmental rule, "Sacrifice the masses for the sake of the feelings of a small few."

Can't upset the snowflakes and bed wetters...

Anonymous said...

This is where we are as a society?? What a joke. Give me the 80's and 90's. Our country is doomed.

Anonymous said...

4:40. What is this single occupancy thing you talk about? Absolutely no need to retrofit any bathroom. No remodeling needed. If you have some fetish about a urinal simply close off all women bathrooms. You have urinals and stools in one bathroom. Stalls have locking doors anyway.

You must be a politician or one of the welfare riders. No use spending any more money. Actually closing the women's will save money.

Anonymous said...

Folks get so amazed when the world turns out not to be exactly like what was taught in the Sunday school of Antioch Baptist Church.

Alro Guthrie said said...

5:19 P.M. "And I ain't even got a garage, you can call home and ask my wife"

Anonymous said...

You don't need to change anything but your ignorance on what a transgender is.
The transgenders using a bath room will look like the gender they feel they are. Those who are males who dress like women, will go into the stalls as will the women who dress like males.
Most of them, even before hormones and surgery don't look worse that effeminate males or homely looking females.
You are amazingly unobservant people if you've reached adulthood without ever seeing a very pretty male or a woman who looks like they could whip ass on a football field! And, not all of them have gender identification issues!
Women's rooms don't have urinals and the transgender in the male bathroom won't be using the urinal unless and until the surgery is superior and they can.
The males are not interested in sex with women and the women are not interested in sex with males.
This is much ado about nothing. But, I feel sorry for effeminate boys and masculine girls who'll have to drop their drawers to prove they are in the right bathroom when some of you get hysterical!
The lack of sex education in this country is showing.

PittPanther said...

I'm amazed that Mississippi is arguing that a person born male, but now has breasts and hips through hormone therapy, and wearing a dress and heels, should go to the men's bathroom.

Anonymous said...

@9:16 That's Charlie Daniels, not Arlo Guthrie.

PittPanther - is there any liberal bandwagon you won't jump upon and champion while looking down your nose at your neighbors? When the sex with children movement starts getting political clout, people like you will be there, excoriating anyone who isn't open-minded enough to support the right of a 15-year-old to engage in consensual relations with a partner of his/her choosing.

I imagine you are going to say that you were all for guys taking a dump in the ladies room 15 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Don't any of you people check out craigslist? If so you will notice the amazing number of Ms. men who meet in men's bathrooms to conduct their secret meetings with other men. They may look, dress and be the correct gender but they sure do not perform like other men.

Anonymous said...

@10:52am

Yeah, nope. I can honestly say I don't spend my spare time perusing Craigslist, but if I did, I wouldn't be reading through the "Meet me in the men's room" section. Not really sure why you're doing that, pal.

But the fact that pervs are doing that is yet another reason to keep them out of the ladies' room.

Anonymous said...

12:24, those men are not interested in women at all. Their interest is in the men going to the men's bathroom.

Just Takin' A Whizzz.. said...

The Mighty Mouse cartoon series used to address 'The Minds of Men'. We can't know the reasons men want to use the ladies room or why butch girls want to use the men's room. Some of you think you can address that, but, you can only speak to your own personal motives.

There is a variety of odd flavors out there at the ice cream bar. I would guess that some are attracted to children of the same sex while others favor opposite- sex children. Probably some are attracted to old women in the handicap stall for all we know.

It really matters not why they think they ought to be able to use 'the other' facilities. Let them either use the one prescribed for their (apparent) birth-gender or let them squeeze it off til they get down the road to a patch of trees.

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