Jeff Sessions Memo, Reversing Transgender Protections, Further Inflames Divisions

DOJ, EEOC this month clashed over LGBT workplace protections in Second Circuit.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing the U.S. Justice Department's stance that transgender employees should be protected in the workplace, a move that clashes with federal appeals court decisions and another government agency's interpretation of civil rights laws.

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  • Herb Spencer

    If a few permissive plants from the Obama years are ticked off, tough; that hardly amounts to "inflaming entire divisions." (Cf., Josef Stalin, "How many divisions does the Pope have?") And, a policy that dates only from 2014 is hardly "clearly established long-standing law;" it was, and remains, nothing more than one of Obama‘s political Diktats that never had much popular support. I wonder how Mr. Lopez, now safely ensconced in private practice, viewed the Obama DOJ‘s volte face on the Black Panthers voter intimidation case from Philadelphia, another case where DOJ prevailed, but then squandered its win. Was he "shocked" then, or was it just a case of "aw, shucks" for him and his fellow former DOJ colleagues now obliged to find employment elsewhere?

  • Dr. R. Richards

    Well said, PJ Moran. Furthermore, considering that so-called transgender folks comprise much less than 1% percent of the population, how could any rational person possibly become inflamed be any policy changes that might affect this infinitesimally small abnorminority?

  • PJ Moran

    With respect to bureaucrats and non elected judges changing the meaning of the term "sex" as it was used and intended by Congress in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it is not restoring the intent of Congress that ‘further inflames division‘. It is the illegal action of bureaucrats and judges that ‘inflames‘ and creates division because it bypasses the democratic process and the Constitution.

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