There’s No Corking DeWine on Obama Order

Barb Wire

If Ohio is the bellwether of America, then the president’s agenda is in a heap of trouble. The Buckeye State isn’t about to stand back and let the Obama administration take its schools hostage to a transgender agenda that puts its students at risk. This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined the chorus of state leaders resisting the tyranny of the Departments of Justice and Education for its order that schools open their showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms to boys and girls — no matter how unsafe or uncomfortable it may make them.

While 11 other states tell President Obama “we’ll see you in court,” leaders from Ohio are letting their district know where the administration’s mandate belongs — in the trash can. Calling the agencies’ threat to pull federal funds over the issue “astonishing,” DeWine pointed out what several senators already have: “Congress has not changed the law — and no ‘guidance’ from federal officials can do what Congress has declined to do.” Regardless of what the radical Left thinks, DeWine went on, local schools should be the ones making decisions on issues like student privacy and gender identity.

“There are many questions that, consistent with constitutional guarantees, are best left to the fair-minded, sensible determinations of our local communities. Under our system of government, how schools work to handle locker room questions involving students’ gender identity is one such issue. If the Obama administration takes action to remove these decisions from Ohio parents and local schools, I will vigorously fight against such overreach,”DeWine warned in a letter to the DOJ and DOE. “As our state’s Attorney General, I don’t determine local school policies on these issues — but neither should federal bureaucrats or the President of the United States.”

If the uproar from attorneys general like DeWine is any indication, President Obama is making one of the biggest political miscalculations of his eight years. Like Congress, these state leaders are tired of being bullied, bypassed, and berated on issues that have nothing to do with the real priorities of the day. Never underestimate the outrage of a country in a debate where the safety and innocent of children hang in the balance. This administration may not have learned that lesson — but thanks to states like Ohio, it’s about to.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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