Transgender Bathroom Battle Moves to Federal Court

FORT WORTH -- Well, the battle over transgender bathroom rights in schools wages on, this time in a Fort Worth federal court.

Back in May, President Obama issued a directive, saying that legal protections against discrimination based on sex extend to trans students.  Therefore, Obama argued, transgender students could use restrooms and other facilities according to their gender identity, not necessarily their biological sex.

While the directive isn't a law, it could impact federal funding for districts that don't comply with the President's interpretation of the law.  So now Texas and a dozen other states are asking a judge to rule that they needn't follow Obama's lead.

The chief complaint is "federal overreach," according to a statement from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office is leading the charge.  He claims the President doesn't have a constitutional right to impose his interpretation of the law on local districts.

The issue of trans rights has been the source of a lot of debate, from lawmakers to parents. The court's decision - whenever it comes down - probably won't be the end of the discussion.

But it will let schools know how to proceed this year. And in just 10 days or so, kids'll be back in school, and will need to know where they're allowed to pee.