If Congress won’t impeach the current Occupier of the Oval Office, Barack Obama, one socially conservative state is going to give it a try. After the executive branch of the United States government more or less made transgenders in the school lavatories and locker rooms mandatory in order to receive federal school funding, Oklahoma is pushing back.
Oklahoma’s Republican-dominated legislature has filed a measure calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment over his administration’s recommendations on accommodating transgender students, saying he overstepped his constitutional authority.
Lawmakers in the socially conservative state are also expected to take up a measure as early as Friday that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities to segregate them from transgender students.
So, this let men in the women’s bathroom just because we say you have to thing has come to this: a single state centuring Barack Obama and company for contitutional overreach. (Still, no one asked us girls if we want men of any sexual orientation in our room. That’s a big no. Many of us are not comfortable with other women in there, let alone the men.)
The Oklahoma state legislature did pass a resolution requesting that members of their contingent in the big boy legislative house – The House of Representatives – draw up articles of impeachment over this issue.
The impeachment resolution also introduced on Thursday night calls on the Oklahoma members of the U.S. House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against Obama, the U.S. attorney general, the U.S. secretary of education and others over the letter.
Even if the measure is rather late and not overly likely to succeed, at least some state out here on the fruited plain is willing to take a stand. No state has the authority to impeach a president, but legislatures can censure.
In the end, as Oklahoma is also calling for separate rest room and locker room facilities based on religious practice and exception in the state’s schools, the proposed measures to get around the federal mandate is going to be very expensive as accommodations will need to be built.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, an LGBT advocacy group said the measure promoted fear-mongering and was out of place
“In a time when our state is facing an unprecedented economic crisis, our lawmakers should be focused on righting the ship rather than stigmatizing transgender youth,” he said in a statement.
But endangering girls is okay? (Aren’t single sex schools sounding good about now?)