Governor: Texas suing over Obama's transgender directive

Governor: Texas suing over Obama's transgender directive

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press
    
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will become the first to sue the Obama administration over new federal guidance for transgender students in public schools.
    
Abbott tweeted Wednesday that Texas will sue "to stop Obama's transgender directive to schools." The message from his personal Twitter account came hours before a scheduled news conference by state Attorney General Ken Paxton.
    
Abbott later said at a book signing that the lawsuit will challenge how Obama is "trampling" the Constitution.
    
Several conservative states have vowed defiance since federal officials this month told U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms to match their gender identity.
    
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.

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