Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
President Joe Biden’s administration is not appealing a ruling by an anti-LGBTQ+ federal judge that certain types of workplace discrimination against transgender people are legal in Texas.That doesn’t mean the administration accepts the ruling, and legal experts say it likely has another strategy in the works, The Dallas Morning News reports.
But for now, federal government officials aren’t responding to queries, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who brought the lawsuit that resulted in the ruling, is touting the lack of an appeal as a victory.In October, U.S.
District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, ruled that the Biden administration’s guidance on implementation of the Supreme Court’s Bostock v.
Clayton County decision is overly broad. The Bostock ruling, issued in 2020, decreed that anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination is sex discrimination and therefore illegal under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Kacsmaryk objected to the guidance, saying the Bostock ruling applies only to hiring and firing practices and doesn’t mean, as the guidance had it, that companies have to allow workers to use the restrooms corresponding to their gender identity or dress according to that identity, nor do they have to use employee’s preferred pronouns.Paxton, a longtime opponent of LGBTQ+ equality, originally filed the suit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then amended it to include the U.S.