'The scope of this injunction should be and is nationwide'
A federal judge on Wednesday doubled down on his suspension of President Obama’s transgender bathroom plan for schools, affirming the injunction prevents the imposition of the program nationwide.
“It is clear from Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit precedent that this court has the power to issue a nationwide injunction where appropriate,” ruled U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas. “Both Title IX and Title VII rely on the consistent, uniform application of national standards in education and workplace policy.
“A nationwide injunction is necessary because the alleged violation extends nationwide. Defendants are a group of agencies and administrators capable of enforcing their guidelines nationwide, affecting numerous state and school district facilities across the country.
“Should the court only limit the injunction to the plaintiff states who are a party to this cause of action, the court risks a ‘substantial likelihood that a geographically limited injunction would be ineffective.'”