Michigan, 9 other states sue over restrooms transgender students can use

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Ten states, including Michigan, are suing the federal government over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms conforming to their gender identity.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says in a news release that the U.S. Education Department and Justice Department have circumvented established law and the process for changing existing Title IX laws. Peterson also says the rule takes away the authority of local school districts to deal with such issues on an individualized basis.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette added “The manner in which this directive was made ignored the essential role of parents in making decisions about their children, omitted participation of local schools, violated the Administrative Procedures Act and bypassed Congress’ constitutional responsibilities.”

The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Nebraska. The other states involved are Michigan, Arkansas, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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