The rights of transgender students to use bathrooms of their choosing is now the subject of a lawsuit against the federal government.
Eleven states—Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Maine (on behalf of Gov. Paul LaPage)—all joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s recent directive that says schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms associated with their gender identity even if it "differs from previous representations or records.” The federal government said preventing this type of access is a violation of established civil rights laws and Title IX law, which prevents discrimination based on gender.
Schools that don’t observe the directive could lose millions in federal education funding.
However, the new lawsuit alleges that the Obama administration’s policy is unconstitutional and says that the government is subjecting states to “a massive social experiment.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained to The Washington Post that the lawsuit is based on their belief that the federal government “didn’t follow the proper procedures’’ when issuing the policy.
Last month, the issue of transgender restroom access at schools became the subject of national debate after officials in North Carolina passed a law that mandated people could only use public restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificates. North Carolina is also suing over the bathroom law. Discuss
Just a few hours ago, the governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, signed a piece of legislation that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks. The new law is effective immediately.
Like similar legislation elsewhere, the law includes exceptions in the case of a threat to the mother's life or if a doctor doesn’t believe the baby can survive outside the womb. Essentially, this new ban only affects hospitals because, according to the AP, “none of the three abortion clinics in South Carolina provide abortions beyond 15 weeks.”
This new action also carries a strict punishment for those who don’t comply: Doctors would face up to $10,000 in fines and three years in prison for each violation, and after the third violation, prison time is mandatory.
State representative Wendy Nanney, who sponsored the bill, said publicly that she sees this piece of legislations only as a step—her long term goal is to "get rid of abortion altogether."
The AP’s report says that South Carolina's new law is also similar to other states’ in that it ties a child’s age to conception. That’s a little complicated, though, because that date can’t be exactly determined. So, this law actually uses the gestational age of 22 weeks.
Shocking to no one, Planned Parenthood’s spokesman wasn’t happy. Discuss
Of course, this isn't the first Trump rally to be met with disruption and protest. In March, there was violence at a rally in Chicago that resulted in its being canceled. An event in North Carolina also involved violence, the Trump supporter is currently facing criminal charges. Discuss
You'd think the generation that invented the term "adulting" would do better at it. But it turns out that living with your parents is actually now the norm for millennials—especially guys.
For the first time since the 1880s, living with a parent in their home has edged out the percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds who live with a spouse or cohabitation partner their own homes by a tiny margin—32.1 percent versus 31.6 percent, according to Pew Research. Probably the clearest determining factor is a drastic drop in the number of younger Americans who get married before 35. Interestingly, 29 percent of women in this research pool live in their parents' homes, compared to the 35 percent of men who live in their parents' home.
Thankfully, we're not at world record home-living yet. In 1940, 35 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds lived in their parents' home, compared to 2014's 32 percent. Discuss
According to Syrian human rights groups and reports from the region, between 120 and 150 people were killed in a series of bombings in Syria yesterday. Terrorists from the radical Islamic group ISIS set off car bombs, suicide bombs and even launched rockets in three Syrian cities. The attacks targeted Alawite Muslims, a minority sect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs to.
The cities targeted in the attacks—Jableh and Tartus—have been Assad strongholds up to this point, and have been relatively isolated from the violence of the country’s long-running civil war.
The bombings targeted civilians: In addition to striking a crowded bus station, another of the blast went off in the emergency room of a hospital. Discuss