MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City), joined by Republican colleagues in the Alabama Senate, has sent letters to Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange urging them to stand firm against President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional directive on school bathrooms.
“In his attempt to force America’s schools to allow transgender students to use bath and locker rooms of their choosing, President Obama is once again shredding the Constitution and attacking anyone who stands for traditional values,” Williams stated. “I applaud Attorney General Strange for joining ten other states in a lawsuit against the federal government’s overreach.”
The letters from Senator Williams and others urge Governor Bentley and Attorney General Strange to refuse to comply with the federal directive.
A practicing attorney, Senator Williams argues that self-professed gender identity is not accorded the same constitutional protections as race and sex under either the Civil Rights Act or Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.
The letters quote the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, stating that if the administration’s distortion of the language of law is allowed to stand, then “words no longer have meaning.”
“Everyone is against discrimination. But prohibiting men from using female restrooms is emphatically not discrimination – it’s common sense,” Williams argued. “There is a long-held legal right to privacy and security that the current architects of social engineering have chosen to simply ignore. On behalf of our constituents, we must take a stand.”
Williams is also the author of pre-filed Senate legislation on this same issue, which is expected to undergo debate in the next regular session of the Alabama Legislature in 2017. Williams’ bill was pre-filed the day before the Obama administration’s decree on May 13.
Senator Phil Williams represents District 10 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Etowah, Cherokee, St. Clair, and DeKalb counties. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/Phil.Williams.14 or on Twitter for his latest legislative updates: @SenPhilWilliams