U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to Attorney General Loretta Lynch (R) before the awards ceremony for the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2016.
At least five states have so far indicated they will contest an Obama administration directive sent to all United States public school districts that tries to coerce them into allowing students to access bathrooms based upon their gender identity rather than biological sex.
(Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)U.S. President Barack Obama speaks before presenting the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor awards during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2016.
The departments of Justice and Education warned school districts last Friday that if they don’t allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, they could lose millions in federal education funding.
Even before the administration’s order was sent out to the school districts, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asserted Thursday night during his speech at Texas’ GOP Convention in Dallas that he will work to fight any attempt at coercion from the Obama administration on the transgender bathroom issue.
Abbott followed that up with a tweet Thursday night to assure citizens that the state will be fighting the order.
Additionally, Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton issued a statement Friday warning the administration that it “overstepped his legal bounds” and that it should gear up for another legal battle if it decides to action on its directive.