The resolution, approved under the chairmanship of Reince Priebus, condemns as “governmental overreach” the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit discrimination against transgender students.
“The Republican National Committee calls on the Department of Education to rescind its interpretation of Title IX that wrongly includes facility use issues by transgender students,” the resolution says.
The “whereas” portion of the resolution defines gender as “the physical condition of being male or female,” saying gender is identified at birth and can be confirmed with a DNA test — which is contrary to the experience of transgender people.
The resolution also specifies Congress never included the term “gender identity” under Title IX and identifies courts that have ruled the gender provisions under the law don’t apply to transgender students.
In addition to faulting the Obama administration for its interpretation, the resolution also criticizes Hillary Clinton, who has made transgender rights part of her campaign platform.
Consequently, the resolution endorses bills in state legislature to “protect student privacy,” which are written to prohibit transgender students from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.
“The Republican National Committee encourages state legislatures to enact laws that protect student privacy and limit the use of restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities to members of the sex to whom the facility is designated,” the resolution says.
The RNC quietly approved the resolution along with four other unrelated resolutions last month during its winter meeting in Charleston, S.C. The anti-trans resolution came to light on Wednesday after Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller tweeted a reference to it.
Just noticed this RNC resolution from last’s month’s meeting on Title IX and gender identity https://t.co/y9zLeF00vu
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 24, 2016
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the anti-trans resolution is “outrageous.”
“By targeting children who are already vulnerable to bullying and harassment, the RNC is dragging trans children into their culture war and embroiling states in costly and divisive litigation, all to solve a nonexistent problem,” Keisling said. “Republican legislators in many states have put this ill-informed agenda aside to support all students. The RNC should take a cue from them.”
According to a report this week from the Human Rights Campaign, a unprecedented number of 44 anti-trans bills are pending in state legislatures in 16 states throughout the country. One is on the desk of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who has until Tuesday to sign or veto the legislation.
TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said resolution demonstrates the Republican Party “wants to keep government so small it can fit in the bathroom stall with you to check your anatomy.”
“The GOP can’t find time to consider a Supreme Court nominee, or pass immigration reform, or raise the minimum wage, or enact equal pay for women, but when it comes to attacking trans people, they’ve got all the time in the world,” Helmstetter said.
“Their hypocrisy and bigotry know no bounds,” Helmstetter added. “The Republicans’ legal interpretation of Title IX to exclude trans students underscores exactly how important it is for LGBT people to call their senators and make sure that President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee gets a fair hearing and a vote.”
The Blade has placed a request in with the RNC to seek information on the vote on the resolution, who sponsored it and why it was approved at this time.