Kentucky joins lawsuit against federal government over transgender bathroom guidelines
Kentucky is joining the lawsuit against the federal government over new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students, according to a news release from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's office.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky is joining the lawsuit against the federal government over new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students, according to a news release from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's office.
"The federal government has no authority to dictate local school districts' bathroom and locker room policies," Gov. Bevin said. "The Obama Administration's transgender policy 'guidelines' are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue."
"Unfortunately, Attorney General Andy Beshear is unwilling to protect Kentucky's control over local issues," Bevin continued in the release. "Therefore, my administration will do so by joining this lawsuit. We are committed to protecting the Tenth Amendment and fighting federal overreach into state and local issues."
But Beshear fired back later this afternoon:
"The Governor’s statement is not truthful," Beshear said. "The Office of the Attorney General has been closely reviewing this matter. On the day the federal government issued its guidance, the governor stated he was researching legal options. I expected to be consulted on those options, but my office has not received a single phone call from the governor or his attorneys on this matter. The Office of Attorney General works to protect families every day from abuse, crime, scams and other threats. Any statement that it does not stand up for Kentucky families is entirely false. Sadly, this is another example of the governor’s office playing politics instead of trying to work with us."
The federal guidelines mandate that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, rather than the gender they were born with.
"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which was sent to school districts earlier this month.
WDRB also spoke with Martin Cothran with the Family Foundation of Kentucky. The organization is a big backer of Gov. Bevin's decision.
"We are seeing more and more of the very socially liberal view on issues like this being rammed down peoples throats," Cothran said.
On the flip side, Chris Hartman with the Fairness Campaign believes Gov. Bevin is wasting taxpayer time and money.
"This is a manufactured political problem, that has been generated to attack some of our most vulnerable people," Hartman said.
All signs point to the multi-state lawsuit going before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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