10 states have joined Texas’ legal challenge to the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students. As we previously reported, the Obama administration earlier this month put out a letter urging all public schools to allow transgender students to use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. That move sparked a lawsuit from North Carolina against the federal government, which in turn led to a countersuit from the Department of Justice.
Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that anti-gay Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would file a suit similar to North Carolina’s.
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. […]
The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.
During Paxton’s press conference, he said he has not yet met with any transgender students or families of transgender students.
Watch a news report from MSNBC, below.