Judge Rules on Obama's Radical Transgender Agenda
Perhaps the most underreported aspect of Barack Obama's failed presidency is the radical culture war battles he waged through the administrative state. Well today, we can announce that he's lost another one. As Lifezette reports:
A federal judge in Texas issued another crushing blow to President Obama’s transgender agenda: The judge on Saturday granted a temporary injunction halting federal health officials’ efforts to enforce rules that would “likely violate” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In a 46-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state and ruled that the Obama administration’s attempts to tailor health regulations while bolstering transgendered individuals’ rights would “likely violate” the RFRA by placing “substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover transition and abortion procedures.” The rule, which was geared toward preventing discrimination against transgendered persons, failed to persuade O’Connor as he weighed its implementation against the possibility of violating doctors’ religious beliefs.
“While this lawsuit involves many issues of great importance — state sovereignty, expanded healthcare coverage, anti-discrimination protections, and medical judgment — ultimately, the question before the Court is whether Defendants exceeded their authority under the [Affordable Care Act] in the challenged regulations’ interpretation of sex discrimination and whether the regulation violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as applied to Private Plaintiffs,” O’Connor wrote.
When the state of Texas filed the lawsuit in August, the states of Kentucky, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Kansas filed as well, in addition to the Indiana-based Christian Medical and Dental Association and Franciscan Alliance.
This is a great victory for conservatives, and an important step towards striking a balance between personal autonomy and religious liberty. Let's hope this is only the beginning.