Christian and Feminist Groups Team Up to Challenge Obama's Bathroom Mandate

Posted: Jan 14, 2017 9:15 AM

Two forces that could not be more polar opposite are partnering for a noble cause: to challenge President Obama’s bathroom mandate. Last year, the administration told schools they had to allow anyone who identified as transgender into the bathroom of their choice. If they refused to enforce the rule, they would be refused federal funding.

Family Policy Alliance, the public policy partner of Focus on the Family, has joined with Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) because both groups are concerned how the mandate will endanger women and girls.

Kara Dansky, the chair of WoLF’s Board of Directors, acknowledged that their two organization may differ on issues ranging from abortion to gay rights, but when it comes to privacy and safety for women, they find some common ground.

“On certain issues, such as gender identity, pornography and prostitution – we’ll find that the left has pretty much sold out women on these issues,” Dansky said. “We stand up for women and girls.”

Dansky thinks it’s unfair that men who identify as girls get the same benefits as women under Title IX. Interpreting sex as gender identity jeopardizes women being treated as a category worthy of civil rights protection, she argues.

“How wrong does something need to be for a Christian family group, and a radical feminist group, to take their argument together to the Supreme Court?” asked Autumn Leva, director of policy for Family Policy Alliance. “Privacy and safety matter and we’re asking the high court to acknowledge that.”


The two groups have submitted an amicus brief to challenge the mandate, explaining that allowing males who self-identify as women into public restrooms and locker rooms endangers women and girls. 

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