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Michigan among 10 states suing over transgender bathrooms in schools

Posted: 1:52 PM, Jul 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-08 17:32:19-04

Ten states are suing the federal government over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms conforming to their gender identity.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Nebraska. The other states involved are Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

"The Obama administration’s unilateral directive on education policy and Title IX funding is yet another example of federal overreach," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a release. "The manner in which this directive was made ignored the essential role of parents in making decisions about their children, omitted participation of local schools, violated the Administrative Procedures Act and bypassed Congress' constitutional responsibilities."

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says in a news release that the U.S. Education Department and Justice Department have circumvented established law and the process for changing existing laws. Peterson also says the rule takes away the authority of local school districts to deal with such issues on an individualized basis.