The DOJ, led by AG Jeff Sessions, has just dumped the Obama protections for transgenders that they added to Title VII in 2014:
ABC NEWS – The Department of Justice rolled back an Obama-era policy Wednesday that protected transgender workers as part of the Civil Rights Act.
Title VII of the landmark 1964 federal law states that employers cannot discriminate against someone “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” In December 2014, under former President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo saying that Title VII protections include protections for transgender individuals.
But in a memo sent Wednesday to U.S. attorneys and other top department officials across the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said otherwise.
“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” the memo reads. “As a law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice must interpret Title VII as written by Congress…. Therefore, as of the date of this memorandum, which hereby withdraws the December 15, 2014, memorandum, the Department of Justice will take that position in all pending and future matters.”
In a statement Thursday, a Justice Department spokesperson said, “The Department of Justice cannot expand the law beyond what Congress has provided.”
“Unfortunately, the last administration abandoned that fundamental principle, which necessitated [the] action,” the statement continued. “This Department remains committed to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, and will continue to enforce the numerous laws that Congress has enacted that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
I love it. It’s so nice to have people in the executive branch who respect the role of Congress and don’t just use their ‘pens and phones’ to write law willy nilly when they see fit.
Of course I’m sure that Sessions will be attacked relentlessly for this by the Left. They could care less about the separation of powers in the Constitution, proven by how they didn’t give a damn when Obama would violate it over and over.