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Texas Bathroom Bill Passes Senate

The Texas Senate passed SB6, the state’s Privacy Act, 21-10. The bill requires that bathrooms and locker rooms be designated for use based on biology with separate facilities being made available for those confused about their sex. The bill would apply to schools and government buildings. The bill exempts private businesses. The bill now heads to the Texas House.

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Privacy Bill Advances in Texas

While Tennessee Rep. Mark Pody deferred this week’s hearing on his bill to protect the privacy and safety of men and women in bathrooms and locker rooms, a similar bill moved forward in Texas this week. That state’s Senate State Affairs Committee approved its bill by a vote of 7-1. North Carolina’s. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest testified that the boycott of his state over its privacy bill affected their state’s economy by about 1/10th of one percent, hardly an amount, he said, worth giving “a man a free pass to enter a shower or locker room for any nefarious purpose.”

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DOJ Takes Measure to Protect Privacy in Transgender Bathroom Mandate Case

The Department of Justice, under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has withdrawn a request from the Obama DOJ that would have blocked a federal court injunction against enforcement of Obama’s “guidance letter” purporting to mandate that bathrooms in public schools be designated by feelings rather than biology.

According to Gary McCaleb, senior counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, this is “good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America.” The injunction now prohibits the ACLU and others from threatening lawsuits against schools based on the “guidance letter.”

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Unlikely Team Speaks Up for Women

Family Policy Alliance, with whom The Family Action Council of Tennessee is allied, and radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) have joined together in an amicus brief to oppose Obama’s Title IX transgender bathroom mandate that would open all women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to men who self-identify as women. The unlikely pair agrees that the privacy and safety of women are paramount. Said the chair of WoLF’s board of directors, Kara Dansky, “If we define sex, under Title IX, to mean gender identity, what we’re essentially saying is that ‘women and girl’ can mean anyone who self-identifies as ‘women and girl,’ which makes the category ‘women and girls’ meaningless as a category.” Sign the petition to support the safety and privacy of women and girls.

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FACT President Commends Attorney General for Lawsuit

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 25, 2016) – The following statement regarding the decision of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery to join the lawsuit filed by the state of Texas and eight other states over Title IX can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“Attorney General Slatery is to be applauded for taking affirmative action in response to the attempt by the Obama administration to use Title IX to tell parents that their children have to be exposed to a member of the opposite sex while in a state of undress. His office is doing exactly what it should be doing, fighting to protect the rights of parents to protect their children’s privacy and the right of our state to set its own domestic policies.

“It is particularly encouraging to see ten states joining North Carolina in suing the Obama administration for its outrageous overreach in using a mere ‘letter’ to change the law as it’s been interpreted for decades. This is the kind of unified pushback against the federal government that has been needed for years.

“With the Attorney General’s action today, the need for a special session to encourage the type of action that has been taken has been abated. Hopefully, the lawsuit will allow our state’s schools to operate in accordance with Title IX as it has always been interpreted without fear that they will be left to fend for themselves if actions against them are threatened.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications  |  Office Phone: 615-261-1338  |  Email: laura.bagby@factn.org