The Obama administration's school guidance on transgender students was halted in Texas Sunday under a federal judge's ruling.
Texas is among 13 states challenging the administration's request that U.S. school districts let transgender students access bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding with their gender identity. The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released the guidance in May.
The federal judge granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration's directive. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the ruling.
"This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform," the Republican attorney general said. "That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect states and school districts."
The Human Rights Campaign also reacted to the judge's decision, saying it "puts thousands of transgender students at even greater risk of marginalization, harassment, and discrimination as they return to school this fall."
"Despite this judge's decision, schools are not barred from following the federal guidance, and school administrators still have a responsibility to ensure that the civil rights of all students are respected and that transgender students have access to facilities consistent with their gender identity," said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. "As lawsuits on the scope of Title IX proceed, we believe that justice will prevail as courts continue to recognize that discrimination against transgender students is a form of sex discrimination."