The Obama Administration declared war yesterday on normalcy and the rule of law when Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that she was countersuing the state of North Carolina over its commonsense bathroom law.
Make no mistake about what is going on here: The Obama Administration is unilaterally rewriting the law. It is attempting to force every state in the nation to comply with its radical demand that men and boys who “identify” as women and girls suddenly have a new “civil right” to use whatever bathroom they choose.
The left is on thin ice legally. No law Attorney General Lynch is citing supports her position. Neither the 1964 Civil Rights Act nor Title IX say anything about “gender identity.”
As attorney and columnist David French notes, the left has been trying — and failing — for years to change the law:
For more than 20 years, LGBT activists have sought to amend federal law through the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would essentially add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes within federal nondiscrimination law. For more than 20 years, LGBT activists have failed. ENDA hasn’t passed even when Democrats controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress.
So what gives Obama and Lynch the right to impose their radical values on the residents of North Carolina and on school children across America?
I know the left doesn’t care about the Constitution. It believes that the ends justify the means.
But where are the conservatives in Congress? If we are to remain a nation of laws, this assault on the rule of law must be stopped!
That, however, requires so-called “leaders” on Capitol Hill to actually lead.
Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.