Another bathroom lawsuit filed; Arkansas isn't in it so far | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another bathroom lawsuit filed; Arkansas isn't in it so far

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

click to enlarge LESLIE RUTLEDGE: Not in Texas bathroom suit. At least not yet.
  • LESLIE RUTLEDGE: Not in Texas bathroom suit. At least not yet.
Led by Texas, 11 states have sued the federal government in Texas over President Obama's reminder that the law says transgender students are protected by non-discrimination law, including in using bathrooms aligned with their gender.

Early coverage doesn't answer these questions that come immediately to mind:

1) What is the cause of legal action against a reminder of the law (call it guidance, a directive or whatever)? As yet, the government hasn't cut off money to any school that discriminates against transgender students. The lawsuit says the president's statement "could cause seismic changes" in school districts.

2) Is Arkansas involved? Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rushed to join Republican dogma suits all over the United States on other topics. UPDATE: Arkansas is not currently a plaintiff, according to a copy of the suit posted by the Washington Post.

3) If Arkansas is not involved, why not? Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Rutledge have already urged school officials in Arkansas to ignore the law.

UPDATE: From Judd Deere, Rutledge's spokesman:

Arkansas is not part of the Texas lawsuit at this time. The Attorney General is still evaluating the best legal option for the state.

Tags: , , , , ,


Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Judge acquits teacher on charge from TV station

    Lance Fritchman, a Little Rock School District teacher, was acquitted by District Judge Hugh Finkelstein Monday of a criminal trespass charge filed after a series of contentious visits and messages to KARK and Fox 16.
    • Sep 18, 2018
  • Sierra Club endorses Clarke Tucker

    The Arkansas chapter of the Sierra Club has announced its endorsement of Democrat Clarke Tucker for the 2nd District congressional seat held by Republican French Hill.
    • Sep 18, 2018
  • Government transformation: An idea from the Insurance commissioner

    I have been making information requests around state to government to get an inkling of what Gov. Asa Hutchinson intends to announce about reorganizing state government in the name of efficiency. This morning, an idea on that subject from Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr, unearthed by an FOI request.
    • Sep 18, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Your daily dose of Jason Rapert

    Sen. Jason Rapert really, really didn't like it when a KATV reporter asked him about the hypocrisy of his political arguments.
    • Feb 4, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Payday lenders on the march at legislature

    Payday lenders are working hard to get legislative cover for the reintroduction of their usurious loan business to Arkansas. Some are fighting back.
    • Mar 10, 2017


Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation