Eleven states sue US government over transgender bathroom policy

source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/25/eleven-states-sue-us-government-transgender-bathroom-laws

States trying to overturn directive, which they call a ‘massive social experiment’, that schools allow students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity

Calling the Obama administration’s rules on transgender students “a massive social experiment”, Texas and 10 other states announced Wednesday that they are suing over the administration’s directive to US public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced on Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge asks a judge to declare the White House’s directive unlawful.

The Obama administration has “conspired to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights”, the lawsuit reads.

Many of the conservative states involved had previously vowed defiance, calling the guidance a threat to safety while being accused of discrimination by supporters of transgender rights. US attorney general Loretta Lynch has said “there is no room in our schools for discrimination”.

In Oklahoma, state lawmakers immediately introduced a bill that would force schools to make bathrooms available to religious students that banned transgender individuals.

Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10bn in federal education dollars rather than comply.

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