An ordinance that has been deemed “anti-discriminatory” has been proposed and is awaiting a vote by the De Pere Common Council on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.. Click HERE to read the earliest public reference to the ordinance.
Essentially the proposal adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of protected classes in the city’s anti-discrimination laws related to housing, employment and public accommodations. There are some exceptions in the housing policy—for instance it doesn’t apply to religious organizations that own homes used for their members or rented to their members; and it doesn’t apply to a home owner who owns no more than 3 single-family dwellings that he may rent or live in. It also doesn’t apply to a situation where an owner of a duplex, triplex or quadplex lives in one of the units and rents out the others. The main group the housing ordinance appears to be going after is owners of condominium developments, apartments, townhouses, etc…or we suppose a builder who develops a subdivision and is looking to sell the homes built in that development. (more…)
Just days after filing legal action against North Carolina for the recently enacted bathroom safety and privacy law, House Bill 2, today the Obama Administration is attempting to force its “All In” bathroom policy on EVERY STATE in the nation. A joint press statement issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education today seeks to provide “guidance” to all public schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. In the statement and related documents, the Obama Administration seeks full implementation of its radical and unlawful attempt to redefine the word “sex” in federal laws and regulations to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
The document verifies that “gender identity” is entirely subjective when it states that the Departments of Justice and Education, “interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”
The document also states that public schools, colleges and universities must permit:
- Males to use female bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, and vice versa. According to the document, “A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”
- Males to play on female athletic teams, and vice versa. According to the document, “Title IX regulations permit a school to operate or sponsor sex-segregated athletics teams when selection for such teams is based upon competitive skill or when the activity involved is a contact sport. A school may not, however, adopt or adhere to requirements that rely on overly broad generalizations or stereotypes about the differences between transgender students and other students of the same sex (i.e., the same gender identity) or others’ discomfort with transgender students.”
- Males to share dormitories and other housing facilities with females, and vice versa: According to the document, “Title IX allows a school to provide separate housing on the basis of sex. But a school must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity and may not require transgender students to stay in single-occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information when not required of other students.”
Although the U.S. Justice Department has said that it will not withhold education tax dollars from North Carolina while litigation over House Bill 2 is taking place, the clear language of these documents is that the Administration intends to use the “power of the purse” to force states and individual schools, colleges and universities to comply with these radical policies: “As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
Again, these “guidance documents” assert the policies of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
Apparently this unconstitutional overreach by the Obama Administration to redefine the word “sex” is the legacy this president wants to leave behind. The outcome of the five lawsuits currently pending in federal courts in North Carolina will likely determine whether or not this is a lasting legacy on our nation.
Click HERE to read Wisconsin Family Action’s press release on this issue.
Madison – Today President Obama formalized what he has been threatening for several weeks. Through a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE), every public school district in the country has been at least implicitly threatened with loss of federal funding if they don’t provide for transgendered students’ unfettered, unquestioned access to the restrooms and changing rooms of their choice.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “President Obama has once again overstepped his authority. The administration cannot unilaterally decide to change the meaning of the word sex as used in Title IX. Congress, which established Title IX 44 years ago, and the Courts, have never defined sex to include ‘gender orientation.’ Regardless of what he thinks, President Obama is not a king. He doesn’t get to change the law and issue decrees based on his whims and wishes. That’s not how America works.
“This issue is about the privacy, safety and dignity of all students. With his edict today, President Obama has essentially put a price tag on the privacy and safety of students—especially female students. He’s threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t conform to his extreme political agenda that includes allowing males in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and girls in the boys’ facilities. This puts the privacy rights, safety and well-being of all students at risk. And what about girls who have been sexually assaulted? This decree says their fears are meaningless and should not be considered. At a time when our society is decrying campus and date rape and rails against a so-called ‘war on women,’ you would think the government wouldn’t be interested in putting these women in situations that could easily re-traumatize them.”
Wisconsin Family Action asserts that today’s mandate is completely unnecessary. Common-sense accommodations are called for, not a blatant usurpation of the right of states and local school districts that takes an extreme and dangerous approach.
Wisconsin Family Action calls on all Wisconsin elected officials and public school administrators to stand against this most recent dictate from President Obama and his administration. Wisconsin schools must reject this extreme political agenda foisted on our state and our schools by an out-of-control federal government and take reasonable measures to safeguard the privacy rights and safety of all students.
Appling noted, “North Carolina has led the way on this issue and has stood firm; we need to follow their lead.”
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and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
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Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit last week on behalf of 63 minor high-school girls in Illinois. The lawsuit is filed against the US Department of Education and the school district where the girls attend school and has ramifications for Wisconsin.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom:
The district secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorizes schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms. The lawsuit, filed by families representing 73 parents and 63 students, contends that the DOE is unlawfully redefining the terms of Title IX, something that only Congress can alter, and is illegitimately forcing its political will on school districts.
READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE
On this week’s edition of Home Front, WFA president Julaine Appling discusses this issue and what the fallout for students in the state of Wisconsin could be.
LISTEN TO HOME FRONT HERE.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH WISCONSIN?
“Because this lawsuit is filed in Illinois, its ultimate outcome will directly affect us here in Wisconsin,” explains Appling, “It is filed in the northern district of the federal court in Illinois. Once that court makes it’s decision (either in favor of the girls or in favor of the Department of Education), the decision will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in Chicago, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Illinois, Indiana and, yes, Wisconsin.
“Any ruling that comes out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Will affect Wisconsin. Of course, any appeals will also be challenged and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be asked to take up this issue.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Pray for the families involved.
- Pray for the legal team that will present the case in writing and in oral arguments before the court.
- Pray for the judge who will hear the case first in the district court.
Julaine Appling issues this final message, “I hope you as a Christian are absolutely incensed by this entire situation. If you are not, I beg you to ask yourself if you aren’t just the frog in the pot of hot water slowly being boiled without even realizing it. This situation ought to be of great concern to all of us. We know this is not in student’s best interests.”
The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina,
and we need your help!
As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room. (more…)
Wisconsin Family Action stands with Gov. McCrory
Madison – Today, North Carolina, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory (R), responded full-force to the Obama Administration’s bullying regarding the state’s recently enacted, common-sense law (H.B. 2) that protects the bodily privacy and safety of its citizens, especially women and girls. The state filed a lawsuit today alleging that the federal government has overstepped its bounds with this “baseless and blatant overreach” in threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars to the state if the state doesn’t comply with its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “Led by President Obama, this administration continues its pattern of capriciously circumventing Congress and making law with its outrageous and egregious declarations. This time the Department of Justice is the hammer. Fortunately for all of us, North Carolina has a courageous governor in Pat McCrory—a governor who refuses to be bullied by an out-of-control federal government.
“This issue isn’t just in North Carolina. It’s right here in Wisconsin in various municipalities and in our public schools. Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass authored a bill this last session to address this issue in our public schools. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. But Rep. Kremer has made it clear, he’s coming back next session with a similar bill that will protect the bodily privacy of students in our public schools.”
The May 4 letter from the Department of Justice to Governor McCrory alleges that H.B. 2 is discriminatory. The letter references federal Title IX education programs and funding as it relates to the University of North Carolina, which is a veiled threat of stopping the millions of dollars in Title IX funding to UNC. H.B. 2 requires, among other things, that all state employees use the restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex as stated on their birth certificates. Title IX is generally interpreted in light of how Title VII is interpreted.
“The net result of the Obama Administration’s action will be the rewriting of Title IX without authority and thereby forcing Obama’s ‘bathroom agenda’ in schools across the country, including in Wisconsin. This is constitutionally wrong, and it is definitely not in the best interest of students. Wisconsin Family Action stands firmly with Governor McCrory against the Department of Justice’s bullying,” Appling stated.
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving
and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina, and we need your help!
As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room.
And, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has stood strong defending this law protecting the safety and privacy of women and children, despite being bullied by the media, celebrities and businesses making false claims about the law.
But now the Obama Administration sent a letter on May 4th to Governor McCrory threatening over $1 BILLION in federal education funding for North Carolina’s schoolchildren if North Carolina refuses to agree with Obama’s bathroom agenda.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Obama Administration is threatening every child’s education if Gov. McCrory doesn’t permit men to go into girls’ bathrooms because some of them might identify as transgender! And, the Obama Administration said Gov. McCrory has until Monday, May 9th to respond!
This must be stopped, and we need to stand with Gov. McCrory and the families in North Carolina TODAY!
Here’s how you can help (pick 1 or more!) today:
- Please call Gov. McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000. Tell him to stand strong against the Obama Administration’s bullying, and that you stand with him in protecting women & children in NC!
- Tweet to Gov. Pat McCrory thanking him for standing strong!
Use his handle: @PatMcCroryNC
Use this hashtag: #istandwithpat
- Consider sending Gov. McCrory a thank you card!
NC Governor Pat McCrory
20301 Mail Service Center
- Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Thank you for helping our friends in North Carolina! And, remember when others around the country stand strong against the pressure to permit men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms for the sake of political correctness, that helps our efforts here in Wisconsin.
Here at Wisconsin Family Action, we have been working hard to protect women’s and children’s safety and privacy!
Recently South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have prevented boys who “identify as” girls and girls who “identify as” boys from using the restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms of the sex they “identify with.” Meanwhile in NC, Governor Pat McCrory (photo, left) signed a bill yesterday that prohibits local units of government from passing their own anti-discrimination policies. This was in reaction to the city of Charlotte recently passing an ordinance that would have allowed men access to the women’s restrooms, etc., and women access to the men’s. The enacting of this law undoes Charlotte’s policy. And over in Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is experiencing the ire of the professional athletic juggernaut and the big-business world as he considers whether or not to sign a very watered-down religious freedom protection bill. The point? Well, there are lots of them, but the main one is that the character of elected officials is critically important. It cannot be overstated.
CLICK HERE to listen to this week’s Home Front program as WFA president Julaine Appling discusses the Eau Claire School Board’s meeting on April 4 during which they will vote on a policy adding gender identity and gender expression to the list of protected classes of students.
Press release from Wisconsin Family Action:
Madison – Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Education in support of Assembly Bill 469, the Student Privacy Protection bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying: “This is an extremely important matter for public school students and their parents in Wisconsin. For the last year and a half, our office has been contacted by parents, grandparents and taxpayers from school districts throughout Wisconsin, all of them concerned about the liberties their school district policies are taking with children’s bodily privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms. Senator Steve Nass and Representative Jesse Kremer introduced Assembly Bill 469, which directs school districts to make the privacy of all children a priority. It limits sexsegregated restrooms to the members of the corresponding biological sex and requires districts to make singlestall facilities or faculty facilities available to any student—via an amendment—on the request of a parent or guardian.
Read full press release HERE.
Read WFA president Julaine Appling’s testimony HERE.
“Dear parents, when you vote next November, please remember which party wants your daughters to share their school locker rooms and showers with boys.
That’s right, the Obama administration’s Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois must give a transgender kid, who was born a male and still has the private parts to prove it, unrestricted access to the girls’ facilities or they lose millions in federal funding.”
Read the rest of this “letter” HERE. (more…)
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education found a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a so-called transgender student by failing to provide “her” full access to girls’ locker rooms. Read more HERE.
The Weekly Standard reports:
The case out of Illinois is the latest controversy since the Obama administration’s Department of Justice and Department of Education have ruled that anatomically male teenagers who think they’re girls have the right to shower and change clothes in girls’ locker rooms.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “We are trying to address this in Wisconsin with a bill that requires school districts to designate sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, etc., while also making single-occupancy facilities available for students whose parents request such. The Obama administration is being its normal bullying self and is just fine with jeopardizing the privacy rights and perhaps even safety of the vast majority of students.”
When Boy Meets Girl(s)
The Menasha Joint School District has apparently adopted a policy that allows a male student to utilize a female changing room at the school.
Imagine your daughter, granddaughter, niece entering her designated area to remove her clothing privately and change into appropriate attire for a school event, only to find a male student apparently doing the same thing in the same in the same designated area. (more…)