Eleven states had already sued the Obama administration back in May over its transgender directive. Friday, ten more states joined in.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Nebraska and included nine other states: Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The filing comes after 11 states sued in May over the same Obama administration directive. North Carolina officials also sued the federal government in May over the same issue. Vast sums of federal funding are at stake: Money could be withheld from public schools that refuse to comply with the federal directive.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said in a news release that the U.S. Education Department and Justice Department have circumvented established law and the process for changing existing laws.
“It also supersedes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis,” the release said.
The transgender directive ordered schools across the nation to accommodate people whose “gender identity” differed from their biological gender. The Obama administration threatened to withhold federal education funding for those schools who chose not to comply with their orders – an action that many critics have stated is nothing short of blackmail.
The transgender directive is allegedly based on Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX states (in part):
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Nowhere in the code is “gender identity” mentioned. The Obama administration is equating “sex” with “gender identity,” and claiming that not allowing boys to use the girls’ restroom is a violation of this code, and therefore, discrimination.
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