10 states joined to suing USA government over anti-trans laws

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S. President Barack Obama waits for leaders to arrive for the Nordic state dinner on the North Portico at the White House, May 13, 2016, in Washington, DC. Leaders from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland were invited to the White House for the U.S.-Nordic leaders summit. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Ten more states sued the US federal government on Friday over being required to allow trans students to use gender-appropriate bathrooms.The Obama administration has intervened on LGBT rights this month after a string of laws attempted to roll back LGBT discrimination protections, purportedly to stop trans people from going to the bathroom.

The federal government wrote to every school in the US to advise them that they are obliged not to discriminate against trans people. However, that hasn’t gone down well with hard-right Republicans – with GOP politicians in Oklahoma attempting to impeach Obama. The ten states filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nebraska, and as well as that state, also included Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Attorney General in Nebraska, Doug Peterson, said the Education and Justice Departments should have used a different route to change a law.

“It also supersedes local school districts’ authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis,” Peterson said statement. The Attorney General of Michigan, Bill Schuette, said the Obama Administration had demonstrated “another … federal overreach. This lawsuit is about children and our schools,” he added. This legal action comes after eleven states earlier this year filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Obama administration.

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