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13 States to Ask Judge to Halt Obama's Transgender Policy

The White House told every public school district in May that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding

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    A gender neutral bathroom in the Dallas LGBT Resource Center.

    Texas and 12 other states will ask a federal judge Friday to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools, NBC News reported.

    The administration told U.S. public schools in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding.

    Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin immediately filed a joint lawsuit to push back against the requirement.

    That announcement came days after the Justice Department sued North Carolina over a state law that requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement that there is "no room in our schools" for discrimination.

    North Carolina Bathroom Bill Violates Civil Rights

    [NATL] North Carolina Bathroom Bill Violates Civil Rights
    North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 violates federal civil rights laws by preventing transgender state workers from using the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice, the U.S. Justice Department told Gov. Pat McCrory on May 4, 2016. (Published Thursday, May 5, 2016)