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Texas And 10 Other States Sue Over Federal Transgender Directive

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.


This story has been updated from a previous version.

The state Attorney General's Office is suing the Obama administration to overturn the administration's directive on transgender access to school bathrooms.

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the suit at a press conference in Austin.

"We're taking this action to protect Harrold Independent School District, which on Monday night fulfilled a responsibility to their community by adopting a bathroom policy that puts the safety of their students first. Unfortunately, the policy placed them at odds with those federal directives which were handed down earlier this month," Paxton said.

Harrold ISD in North Central Texas adopted a policy requiring students to use the bathroom of the gender listed on their birth certificate.

Ten other states are joining Texas in the lawsuit.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has previously said that Texas is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.

The lawsuit

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