Many conservatives on the national level have strongly critiqued Barack Obama‘s decision to link Title IX school funds to a mandate for transgender bathrooms.
At least one prominent conservative in Northeast Florida is equally piqued over the directive to require public accommodations for transgender students to allow them to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Exhibit A: State Rep. Lake Ray, a candidate for the GOP nomination in Congressional District 4, on Friday condemned the executive branch directive regarding transgender bathrooms in schools in the strongest possible terms in a brief written statement.
“The actions by the Obama Administration are alarming to say the least. Our students should feel safe when attending school and their safety extends to the comfort of using the restroom or locker room without fear.” Ray said Friday, “Once again, the Obama Administration has gleefully circumvented the Constitution. When I am in Congress, I will restore American confidence and return common sense and decency to the country.”
Ray didn’t offer detail on how the executive directive “gleefully circumvented” the Constitution, yet that certainly is a phrasing and position that won’t hurt him in the competitive race for the Republican nomination to succeed outgoing Rep. Ander Crenshaw in the House of Representatives.