State legislature filed a measure calling for impeachment along with egregious bill allowing for “separate but equal” bathrooms for evangelicals claiming “religious liberty.”
The GOP-dominated legislature in Oklahoma is taking extremism to a new level, filing a measure calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment over his administration’s recommendations (which, among other things, were not legally binding) towards accommodating transgender students, saying “he overstepped his constitutional authority.”
Last week, the White House issued a directive as a national response to the lawsuit and counter-suit the state of North Carolina and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed against each other over the infamous “Bathroom Bill,” better known as HB2, which requires that transgender people in the state use the bathroom corresponding to their biological gender assigned at birth, instead of the gender they self-identify with.
In the wake of this standoff, several other conservatively dominated states appear poised to pass similar legislation.
On Thursday, two pieces of legislation were filed seeking to challenge the authority of the federal government to intervene regarding state-sanctioned discrimination.
Senate Bill 1619 (SB1619), which most closely corresponds to HB2 by stipulating that student restrooms must be used exclusively for the gender biologically assigned at birth and Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 (SCR43), filed by Senator Anthony Sykes and Rep John Bennett which calls for the U.S. House of Representatives to issue articles of impeachment against President Obama for his “bathroom directive.”
“This directive to schools is not only unlawful, but the breadth of overreach in this instance by the Obama Administration is shocking,” Bennett said. “We are working working on legislation that would protect our citizens by not requiring our kids and women to share a facility with anyone who ‘identifies’ as a gender that they were not born.”
“We are going to do everything we can to protect our women and children,” the senator added.
The bill is on extremely tenuous ground, since Obama’s original letter offers “non-binding guidance” and explicitly lacked the force of law.
“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,” said Troy Stevenson, the executive director of LGBT advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma.
The measure comes just hours after lawmakers in the budget-challenged state passed a law criminalizing reproductive health services widely regarded as “the most draconian statewide anti-abortion measure ever.”
Read the bills below: