Eleven more states have just gone completely bonkers over bathrooms. On Wednesday, they collectively filed a lawsuit against the federal government in response to the directive issued by the Obama administration telling public schools to let transgender students use the restroom or locker room facilities that best matches their gender identity.
In the suit, which was filed in Texas, the plaintiffs argued that they were being forced to take part in a “social experiment.”
Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights.
According to Mother Jones, the lawsuit is being brought by the states of Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and Georgia; the governor of Maine; the Arizona Department of Education; and school districts in Texas and Arizona.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration and the Departments of Justice and Education issued a directive to public schools across the nation warning them that if they did not allow transgender students to use the restroom or locker facilities that match their gender identity they would face lawsuits and the loss of federal funding. The directive, which was sent out in the form of a letter, came in response to the situation in North Carolina with the state and the Department of Justice suing each other.
The Department of Justice has declared that North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill,” also known as HB2, violates the federal Civil Rights Act. The DOJ has threatened to pull all funding from schools throughout the state if the bigoted law is allowed to stand. Gov. Pat McCrory responded to the Justice Department by filing a lawsuit, prompting the DOJ to respond with a lawsuit of their own against the state.
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