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La. attorney general responds to mandate on transgender bathrooms

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    A letter over whether transgender students at public high schools and colleges should get access to bathrooms and locker rooms based on their sex has set off a debate across the US, including the Baton Rouge capital area.

    A letter over whether transgender students at public high schools and colleges should get access to bathrooms and locker rooms based on their sex has set off a debate across the US, including the Baton Rouge capital area.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

One Louisiana leader is challenging President Obama's mandate on transgender bathrooms. 

Attorney General Jeff Landry said he will defend the state against what he called "unlawful action." 

The president said public schools must allow bathroom access to transgender students.

Landry argued that the president's threat to stop funding jeopardizes student safety in a letter to the leaders of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Board of Regents, Louisiana High School Athletic Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board, and Office of Juvenile Justice.

"Let me perfectly clear: President Obama and his appointees do not have legal authority to require our children to share locker rooms and bathrooms with children of the opposite sex. The Administration’s interpretation of Title IX constitutes an improper attempt to commandeer State-owned property in pursuit of a federal policy that has uniformly been rejected by the federal courts." 

"The policy position adopted by the Obama Administration irresponsibly creates an environment in which children may be more easily exposed to sexual predators. Furthermore, these irresponsible and illegally promulgated rules place the mental well-being and privacy rights of ninety-nine percent of Louisiana’s children at risk without any demonstrable evidence of benefit to the less than one percent of the population this policy purports to benefit."

"While there are opportunities for state lawmakers, school districts, athletic associations, and colleges and universities to address complex student safety issues in a nondiscriminatory manner – this mandate and threat of lawsuits and withholding of education funding is not a proper or legal approach."

Read the full letter from the AG below: 

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