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Transgender Debate: Advocates speak out on injunction

People from all across Texas were in Wichita Falls today to hear the court's argument on the Transgender Debate. 

“I don't know why they are fighting over it,” said 8-year old Marilyn Morrison who came with her mother from Ft. Worth to show their support on the issue.  
“Why can't we all just be loving and accepting and make this world a better place?  I don't know why they are fighting over it," said Marilyn. 

In May, the U.S Department of Education issued guidelines allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, depending on their gender identity.

In July, the Harrold ISD filed an injunction challenging the new guidelines.
Soon after, the state of Texas and 13 other states joined forces to block the implementation of the guidelines.

Attorneys now want to clarify where the guidelines would apply if it is just schools, or also the workplace. 

"You go through life and it just kind of simplifies things,” said Zoey Liddell, President of Wichita Falls Transgender Support Group. 
“You're able to just know that if I go here this is the bathroom I can use."
“I feel comfortable using the restroom as a boy but they  (the school)   does not,” said Evan Singleton, a 14-year old high school student.  “I guess to me what it really is, is being an outcast.” 
Many advocates for the transgender community said it is more than a bathroom issue, it is a bullying issue. 
Reverend Mel Martinez is the pastor at Metropolitan Community Church and she said she wants to see a change in the way transgendered people are viewed in the community. 

"I believe and many others believe is that to be embracing of people with the diversity that they were created as it apart of the body of Christ in this world,” said Martinez.  

"We can't legislate compassion--that is an unfortunate reality."

"I wish that everybody would understand including the kids standing behind us and the adults behind us how brave it is to be authentic now and not have to go your whole life without trying to be someone you're not and people should be loving and accepting,” said Chelsa Morrison, mom of Marilyn.   “If these guys were doing it here, it wouldn't happen in the schools." 
Judge O’Connor will make a decision on the issue at a later date.  It is unknown when that decision will be made.  

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