Alabama schools can keep current restroom policy; federal court judge rules in favor of Strange’s motion

BIRMINGHAM (TAB) — Alabama schools can keep their current gender-based restroom policies, at least for now.

Attorney General Luther Strange

Attorney General Luther Strange

According to a Aug. 22 press release from Attorney General Luther Strange’s office, a federal court judge granted the motion for a preliminary injunction by Alabama and other states staying the May 13 Obama administration’s order (that would require schools to allow student access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than birth sex).

“The court decision is a victory for parents and children all across Alabama,” Strange said in the release. “I joined the multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration … to prevent Alabama schools from being forced to surrender their restroom access policies to social experiments in Washington.

“I am pleased the federal court has agreed to our request to stay the controversial order while our lawsuit challenging the legality of the transgender order continues.”

Plaintiffs in the case also include Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi (by and through Gov. Phil Bryant, Harrold Independent School District of Texas, Arizona Department of Education, Heber-Overgaard Unified School District of Arizona, Paul LePage (Governor of the State of Maine) and Kentucky (by and through Gov. Matthew G. Bevin).

The Alabama Baptist will continue to cover this case. For previous articles on the transgender order, visit and search “transgender bathroom” or “transgender restroom.”

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