CHARLESTON– West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey applauded President Trump’s directive that restores policy decisions regarding transgender students to the states, a move that reaffirms the Attorney General’s court arguments and advice to West Virginia educators.
The new directive, entered Wednesday, represents a major victory for the Attorney General and his 13-state coalition, which last year won a nationwide injunction to halt enforcement of an Obama-era policy that threatened action by the federal government against local school districts that refused to admit students to bathrooms, locker rooms, dormitories and athletic teams of their choice.
The Trump directive also withdrew guidance central to a pending case in the U.S. Supreme Court arising out of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where the Attorney General leads a growing coalition supporting a school district in Gloucester County, Virginia. That federal appeals court covers West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“As we’ve been saying, these matters are best handled at the state and local level,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “We’ve been pleased to lead the nation on the issue and to have played an important part in protecting the states’ proper role in determining educational policy.”