LINCOLN, Neb. — Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex.
The states join 13 others, including Tennessee, which filed a suit in May.
“It’s putting school districts in a terrible position,” said Nebraska attorney general Doug Peterson, who took the lead on the latest round of lawsuits. “It’s trying to push a certain agenda through our school systems, and we need to simply stand up and say this does not make sense.”
Nebraska, along with Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming, filed an injunction in federal court July 8 in Nebraska against the joint mandate from the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. The complaint says the new instruction violates the procedure required by law to enact such policies and disregards efforts from school districts to develop individualized plans that best serve their students.
On May 13, the Obama administration sent a directive to every school district in the country interpreting Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination for federally funded education programs, as forbidding gender identity discrimination and stating that schools needed to update their policies to reflect that interpretation.