August 2016: Federal Judge Rules Against Obama's Transgender Bathroom Regulations
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of August 2016.
1. CDC Issues Zika Warning 2. U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya 3. DNC Cleans House 4. Mobsters Arrested 5. Delta Is Grounded 6. First U.S. Zika Death 7. Michael Phelps, Golden Boy 8. ESPN's John Saunders Dies 9. Deadly Police Stop Sparks Violence in Milwaukee 10. Cash Payment to Iran Tied to Prisoner Release 11. Gawker Shuts Down 12. U.S. To Phase Out Private Prisons 13. Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign 14. Federal Judge Rejects Obama's Transgender Bathroom Regulations 15. Actor and Funnyman Gene Wilder Dies
- Federal Judge Rules Against Obama's Transgender Bathroom Regulations
- On August 21, 2016, Judge Reed O'Connor of the Federal District Court blocks the Obama administration from allowing transgender students to access public restrooms of their choice and suggests that this ruling should apply throughout the United States. The administration argues that the rights of the transgender people are protected under the existing sex discrimination law. Social conservatives fear that by allowing transgender citizens into bathrooms it puts the safety and privacy of the other schoolchildren at risk. This ruling will also make it difficult for the Obama administration to bring legal action against or withhold funds from schools that do not allow transgender children to choose their bathrooms.
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