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    Eleven US states filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging President Barack Obama’s directive suggesting transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced in a press release on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — In addition to Wisconsin, the other states named as plaintiffs in the case are: Alabama, West Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. A school district from Texas and one from Arizona are also named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

    "President Obama’s attempts to re-write the laws of our country without congressional consent and approval are not going to be tolerated by the state of Wisconsin," Schimel stated. "I have decided to join my colleagues from across the country in challenging the Obama administration’s latest power grab."

    The lawsuit claimed Obama’s directive is not based in law and would cause major changes to the way school districts in the United States operate.

    On May 13, the US departments of Education and Justice issued guidance for school districts on best practices for transgender students, including allowing students to use the bathroom of their choice regardless of the gender indicated on their birth certificate.

    The directive is not legally binding, but details the Obama administration’s expectations for schools that receive US federal funding.

    Title IX of the US Education Amendment prohibits education programs that receive federal funding from discriminating against anyone based on sex.


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