Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obama's final efforts to protect trans rights

Texas Judge Reed O'Connor barred enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's section designed to protect citizens based on gender identity, just a day before said protections were scheduled to go into effect. 

Now, President Obama has made a final stand to uphold his legislation protecting transgender people by asking a federal appeals court to dismiss O'Connor's decision.

Justice Department filed three arguments against O'Connor's ruling, which claimed the Affordable Care Act's protections of individuals based on sex exceeded the executive branch's authority. 

The Justice Department countered by saying the Affordable Care Act had not violated the Administrative Procedure Act, as O'Connor claimed.

A poll found that around 6 in 10 Americans oppose bills like HB2 in North Carolina, the legislation that demands transgender people use restrooms in fitting with their gender at birth, among other restrictions on LGBT protections.

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