The state’s hopes of temporarily halting the Obama Administration’s directive on transgender bathroom rights in public schools will have to wait another day. A U.S. District Judge in Fort Worth did not issue a ruling on Friday over the Texas led, multi-state lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction on the directive.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a 13-state coalition suing the federal government over the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in May. The guidelines say all U.S. public school districts must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their chosen gender identity. But Paxton, along with several other top state Republican leaders, argue the directive threatens privacy safeguards.

Here’s how Paxton is responding to Friday’s hearing:


Several national civil and LGBT rights groups are urging the U.S. District Court to reject the state’s efforts to block the directive. They also sent out a response shortly after Friday’s hearing concluded.



The Obama Administration’s directive came just days after the DOJ sued North Carolina in May over their statewide law requiring people to use public restrooms that coordinate with the sex on their birth certificate. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had compared that state’s policies to racial segregation. And following the release of the transgender bathroom guidelines, Lynch said there is “no room in our schools” for discrimination.

But shortly after the directive was announced, Paxton held a press conference announcing Texas was leading the multi-state lawsuit against the Justice and Education Departments, and also seeking a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt the directive.

“It represents just the latest example of the current administration’s attempt to accomplish by executive fiat, what they couldn’t accomplish democratically through Congress,” Paxton had said at the news conference.

A tiny North Texas school district also joined Paxton in the lawsuit. Harrold ISD has about 100 students, and according to the superintendent David Thweatt, none of them are transgender. But none-the-less, the school adopted a policy opposite of the federal guidelines, allowing only students to access bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates.

“Washington’s mandate doesn’t fit our schools so we are suing to keep the federal government out of our children’s locker rooms and restrooms,” Thweatt told reporters at the news conference.

It was later discovered Harrold ISD wasn’t the first Texas school district to be approached by Paxton. The A.G.’s Office also asked Wichita Falls ISD if they would join the lawsuit, but the school district declined.