Texas, 10 other states sue over Obama's transgender directive


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, Louisiana, Utah, Arizona 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.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announces Texas lawsuit over federal transgender directive

Governor: Texas suing over Obama's transgender directive

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will become the first to sue the Obama administration over new federal guidance for transgender students in public schools.

Abbott tweeted Wednesday that Texas will sue "to stop Obama's transgender directive to schools." The message from his personal Twitter account came hours before a scheduled news conference by state Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Abbott later said at a book signing that the lawsuit will challenge how Obama is "trampling" the Constitution.

Several conservative states have vowed defiance since federal officials this month told U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms to match their gender identity.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.

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