5.27.2016 — Florida leaders reluctant to join transgender bathroom battle
“The issue is really about protecting the privacy, safety and security of children,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, an Orlando-based group that promotes socially conservative causes….
Social conservatives, still reeling from last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, are determined to fight the federal directive. They say they see the social fabric of the country at stake. “This whole fiction of closing our eyes and pretending that men and women are the same … is just madness,” Stemberger said.
5.26.2016 — Scott: Transgender guidance resembles ‘blackmail’
Gov. Rick Scott issued his harshest comments yet about the federal government’s guidance on how public schools should treat transgender students, but stopped short of saying whether his administration would enter the fray against the Obama administration’s controversial initiative.
Talking to reporters in Orlando during an event focused on higher education, Scott declined to directly answer whether he would push for Florida to join 11 other states that filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the guidance, which calls for students to be allowed to use restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity rather than their sex at birth.
“To me, it looks like just blackmail,” Scott said, referring to a threat that schools not following the initiative could lose federal funding. “The federal government takes our tax dollars — because, remember, all their tax dollars are money that comes from our citizens all around this country — and then they give that back to us, and then they change the deal. And they say, ‘Oh, now we’re going to hold this money back from you.’
5.26.2016 — Stemberger pushes Scott to join suit over transgender bathrooms
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was pushed Thursday to join a lawsuit filed by 11 other states over the Obama administration’s ordering school districts to permit transgender students to use their bathroom of choice.
Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger said Scott should show leadership and “protect our children” by adding Florida to the states challenging the interpretation that education’s Title IX law includes gender identity.
5.26.2016 — Eleven US States File Lawsuit Against Feds Over Obama Transgender Bathroom Mandate
On Wednesday May 25, 2016, eleven states and representative entities filed a lawsuit in federal court against the United States, the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Education and against a variety of federal government entities and department heads in response to the Obama Administration’s recent unconstitutional and dangerous mandate requiring boys be allowed to use and access girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, in public schools….
Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger is calling for Florida Governor Rick Scott to show leadership on this issue by following these 11 states to take action and stand up publicly to protect our children and join the lawsuit against the US Department of Justice and Department of Education’s unilateral redefinition of Title IX to include “gender identity.”
5.25.2016 — Baptist leader asks Fla. governor to reject transgender bathroom order
Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, said by issuing joint policies the United States Department of Education and Department of Justice “hope to intimidate local public schools, colleges and universities into adopting a number of polices relating to transgender youth and young adults” that “would be harmful to our children and our society as a whole.”
“As I am sure you are aware, the impacts of the policies in question are not limited to restrooms,” Green wrote Gov. Rick Scott on behalf of the State Board of Missions. “Quite the contrary. The collateral impacts of the policies being forced upon us are wide-ranging and dangerous.”
5.20.2016 — Evers asks Scott, Bondi to protect schools that reject transgender policy
Evers: “I believe it is vital that our state government — to include the Executive Office of the Governor, as well as the Office of the Attorney General — do all it can, not only to reassure parents, but also to lend legal support to defend any school official or school district with the courage to oppose this outrageous directive from the Obama Administration,” he wrote…Scott has been silent. A spokesman for Bondi has said she won’t comment because there will likely be litigation on the issue in the future.
5.19.2016 — Gov. Scott addresses transgender bathroom debate (Video)
Florida Governor Rick Scott finally addressed the controversial transgender bathroom debate and it is clear he is concerned about a mandate issued by the Obama Administration.
5.19.2016 — Transgender bathroom access debated at Clay school board meeting
Clay County will not abide by the Obama administration directive to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
5.19.2016 — ACLU Urges Florida Officials Not to Defy Feds Regarding Transgender Students
The ACLU of Florida wants state officials to know that protecting transgender students is not only required by law, but “is the right thing to do.”…The ACLU also sent their letter to all 67 school districts scattered throughout the state.
5.19.2016 — Gov. Scott, AG Bondi Mum On Student Transgender Bathroom Debate
Social conservatives, angered by the federal government’s “guidance” that school districts should allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities of their choice, are pressuring Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to push back against the initiative. But so far, Scott and Bondi have resisted getting pulled into the politically combustible issue in the face of rapidly shifting public attitudes about issues affecting the LGBT community…
The Florida Family Policy Council, an organization set up to advance social conservative causes, has issued a letter by President John Stemberger calling on supporters to sign an online petition asking Scott to defy the Obama administration.
5.18.2016 — FFPC: President Obama and his administration put the safety and privacy of every child in America at risk. What can YOU DO?
Stunningly, on Friday, President Obama and his administration put the safety and privacy of every child in America at risk.
His Department of Education issued new “guidance” mandating that schools which receive federal funding adopt “gender inclusive” policies that permit boys who say they are girls (and girls who say they are boys) to play on girls’ sports teams – and even use girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and hotel rooms on overnight trips! Already in Orange County, FL School Superintendent Bill Sublette has already cowered and indicated he will “obey” the President’s threat to comply.
5.18.2016 — Transgender bathroom debate comes to Florida
A conservative lawmaker in Florida who is running for Nassau County schools superintendent wants state Attorney General Pam Bondi to issue an official opinion on what she believes to be the “constitutional encroach” of the Obama administration’s new guidance to public schools over transgender students’ bathroom access. State Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, called the president’s new policy a “clear violation” of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “It is clear that the Obama administration is once again circumventing the Congress and even its own federal rule-making process to impose new federal rules and laws on Florida’s public schools,” Adkins said in a statement Wednesday.
5.17.2016 — Panhandle school superintendents respond to federal bathroom mandate
“In response to that mandate, Gulf District Schools Superintendent Jim Norton released a statement early Monday morning. Norton’s statement read: “Gulf County Schools will join many districts throughout the state and across the country by honoring the traditions of this great nation. Gulf County Schools will enforce that biologically male and female students shall use their respective facilities for personal and private functions. Any violation of this standard will result in appropriate disciplinary action. A person’s issued birth certificate will establish the prima facie proof as to an individual’s gender.” According to Norton, he has received an outpouring of support since he hit ‘send’ on his email early Monday morning.”
Okaloosa, Calhoun, and Holmes have stated the same.
5.16.2016 — Clay superintendent opposes feds’ directive on transgender bathroom access
The superintendent of Clay County Schools announced Monday that biologically male and female students will be required to use their respective bathrooms and locker rooms…”In Clay County Schools, biologically male and female students will be required to use their respective bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities made available for personal matters. This directive from the Obama administration does not carry the force of law, and you can be assured that we will not allow this intrusion by the federal government into your child’s school life. I am in communication with the Governor’s office, as well as our representative in Congress, to determine how the state of Florida will respond to this overreach of power.