Oklahoma legislators pass motion urging impeachment of Obama over transgender mandate
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 27, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Lawmakers in Oklahoma have introduced a measure that would urge Congress to impeach Barack Obama over his controversial federal transgender guidance for public schools and universities.
State Senator Anthony Sykes and State Rep. John Bennett introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 43, which says that the threat to withhold federal funding if schools do not open their restrooms, lockers, and showers to members of the opposite biological sex “exceeds the authority of the federal government.”
The non-binding resolution asks the state's delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives “to file articles of impeachment against the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Education and any other federal official liable to impeachment who has exceeded his or her constitutional authority” by participating in the guidance.
“The Constitution of the United States does not grant the executive branch of the federal government any authority whatsoever over the public education system, nor over the use of restrooms or other facilities thereof,” according to the motion, which currently has the support of 15 state legislators.
The non-binding resolution also asks the Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt “to defend, by any means necessary, the interests of this state against the overreach” of the Obama administration.
If the measure passes, Oklahoma legislators would join millions of U.S. citizens who have petitioned Congress to impeach Obama over the course of his presidency.
The impeachment motion is but one of several bills pending before the state legislature in response to the federal government's transgender posture. Another bill would have established that students have the right to claim a religious exemption to sharing an intimate public facility with a member of the opposite sex.
However, that bill died when it deadlocked in committee, 10-10.
The impeachment measure had not come up for a vote as of this writing.