Eleven states filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, challenging a guidance that compels schools to allow access to restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity.
Texas is the lead plaintiff in the case and is joined by Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, as well as the Arizona Department of Education and the governor of Maine. Although headed by a Republican Governor, Illinois did not join the lawsuit.
The lawsuit accuses the federal government of overstepping its authority in mandating states allow transgender students to use the facilities of the opposite sex, or risk losing millions in federal education funding.
“Defendants have conspired to turn workplace 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,” the lawsuit said, Reuters reported.