Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday, the first major challenge to the federal government’s directive that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.
The states, led by Texas, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by “administrative fiat.”
“Defendants have 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 stated.
On May 13, the Obama administration told U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
The state of Texas, who is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, was joined by Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, plus the Arizona Department of Education and the governor of Maine. Nine of the 11 states are led by Republican governors.
“This action puts students at risk for the sake of politics,” said Alison Gill, he vice chair of the Trans United Fund, a political advocacy group.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said, “President Obama has no business setting locker room and restroom policies for our schools.”
“School policies should be determined by individual states, educators and parents – not dictated by a presidential decree,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.