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Second Group Of States Sue Obama Over Transgender Bill

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A second group of states filed a lawsuit Friday suing the Obama administration over an administration rule that says public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

Ten states filed a lawsuit suing the Obama administration, reports ABC News. The lawsuit, filed in a Nebraska court, joins Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming together in the lawsuit.

Doug Peterson, the Nebraska Attorney General, announced the lawsuit.

“When a federal agency takes such unilateral action in an attempt to change the meaning of established law, it is incumbent upon those who want to maintain the rule of law to pursue legal clarity in federal court in order to enforce the rule of law,” the press release said.

The Obama administration released a directive in May declaring that all public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their “gender identity,” rather than their biological sex. The directive said that if public schools did not comply, they stood to risk their federal funding.

A group of eleven states and state officials have already sued the federal government over its ruling. In May, Texas, Louisiana and other states sued the federal government, arguing that the federal government was trying to “rewrite” the law.

“The recent action by these two federal agencies to require showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms be open to both sexes based solely on the student’s choice, circumvents this established law by ignoring the appropriate legislative process necessary to change such a law. It also supersedes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis,” Peterson said in the news release.

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