A significant introduction has been made, but there’s one more that needs to happen.
While a new Quinnipac poll is showing that Americans are still evenly divided over whether a person’s biological sex should determine which public bathroom they use, the majority of residents in key swing states—Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—are opposed to the White House’s mandate requiring public schools to allow transgender students into the bathrooms and locker rooms that “correspond to their gender identity.”
This mandate, though similar to the executive bureaucracy’s attempt to seize control of education by imposing national Common Core standards and testing, is an even more fundamental subversion of parents’ role in educating their children. It’s no wonder there is such a difference in pushback between gender-neutral facilities in public spaces and gender-neutral bathrooms and locker rooms in schools:
- In Florida, while 48 percent of voters support allowing transgender people to use the public facilities they choose, 54 percent of voters say they would oppose any rule requiring public schools to enforce such a mandate.
- Opinions in Ohio over public facilities were split 43 percent supporting to 48 percent opposing, but opposition to a mandate for public schools was at 55 percent in Ohio versus 36 percent in favor.
- In Pennsylvania, the bathroom debate was split with 49 percent supporting allowing transgender people to use the facilities opposite of their gender and 43 opposing, but yet again, the majority opposed a mandate for schools: 53 percent opposed mandating public schools to allow transgender students access to bathrooms not in accord with their biological sex, versus 39 percent supporting.