The ink was barely dry on President Obama’s guidance regarding gender-neutral bathrooms – the administration told U.S. public schools on Friday to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms according to gender identity – when opposing voices started shouting.
And at least 7 of those voices in 6 states—so far—belonged to high-ranking state officials, beginning with North Carolina, where HB2 brought the controversy to the forefront:
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R)
– Says the U.S. Justice Department is displaying “overreach” by warning legal action and withholding federal funds unless HB2—which limits bathroom/locker room use to the gender on an individual’s birth certificate—is scrapped.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)
– Has declared that he will be working closely with North Carolina’s governor in opposing the federal guideline.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R)
– Has stated that Texas does not want any “dirty money” tied to policies that amount to extortion:
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 13, 2016
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
– Advised schools in his state to ignore the guidance:
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) May 13, 2016
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R)
– Says the issue should be decided by parents, teachers, and principals—not by federal bureaucrats.
Alabama AG Luther Strange vows to fight 'absurd' Obama order on transgender school bathrooms https://t.co/VnCUcZ6jSz
— AL.com (@aldotcom) May 13, 2016
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R)
– Released a statement saying that the federal government had no authority to interfere in local school districts’ bathroom policies.
Our statement regarding Obama's proposed bathroom rules for public schools: https://t.co/50Zg6PqXOY
— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) May 13, 2016
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder (R)
– Released a statement saying that Obama was abusing his power, and that America needs guidance and prayer.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Tomorrow Obama takes control of the restroom in your child's school. As Gov, I'll fight back. https://t.co/VM04Q4NnwD
— Peter Kinder (@PeterKinder) May 13, 2016
In addition, as of Friday afternoon, officials from eight states—West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Maine and North Carolina—have signed on to challenge an appeals court ruling that sided with a Virginia transgender student over bathroom access.
Via IJ Review