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Laura Bagby,
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Phone: (615) 261-1338
Email: laura.bagby@factn.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 13, 2016) – The following statement related to President Obama’s “guidance letter” regarding Title IX can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

“President Obama has outdone himself with his latest attempt to violate the right of parents to protect their children, violate the privacy of children, and trample on the Constitution and rule of law by pretending that a “guidance letter” can have the force of law. The thought that a “letter” from a government agency can change the meaning of the word “sex” to “gender identity” in a law passed in 1972 is repugnant to the Constitution and the concept of the rule of law. It is akin to an “edict” from a man who thinks himself a king.

“If this is allowed to go unchallenged, then mere letters from cabinet members will from now on become “law” and members of Congress, who have already been AWOL on this issue, can finally just permanently adjourn. Presidents acting like kings, with cabinet members as henchmen and members of the Supreme Court as consultants, can just rule us.

“We call on Gov. Haslam and Attorney General Slatery to advise our schools across the state that President Obama’s ‘guidance letter’ is not the law and can be disregarded or initiate a federal lawsuit to have the court declare the ‘guidance letter’ for what it is, a letter not a law. If our governor and chief law enforcement officer will not protect the Constitution and rule of law, then they are failing to discharge their constitutional duties, and members of the General Assembly and the public should take notice.”

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.