11 states sue over federal transgender directive

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said “there is no room in our schools for discrimination.”

The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    It is insanity to say that the signs on restrooms used by innocent boys and girls can no longer mean anything objective or concrete. Obama is clearly seeking to provoke a second American Revolution.

  • Joan

    Good. We all have to do things that are uncomfortable to us, this is no exception. Just because a girl identifies as a boy doesn’t mean she should shower with or change clothes with the boys in the locker rooms. Teens are notorious for no self control, so with this new law rape of this girl who thinks she’s a boy is a very real increased danger no matter how diligent the school may be in trying to prevent that. It is ridiculous to on one hand say children under age 18 are not mature enough to vote then on the other hand say those under age 18 are mature enough to decide whether they truly identify as a boy or a girl. I hope my State soon joins in this suit and maybe we can start ending this pandering to overzealous special interest groups.