And Kentucky makes Lucky 13.
Matt Bevin, governor of Kentucky, announced today that his state would join with Texas and eleven other states in a lawsuit that fights back against the Obama administration’s bathroom directive, which called for public schools to go gender neutral, erasing the lines of decency and risking the comfort and safety of children.
The directive also called for allowing boys and girls to share hotel rooms on overnight class trips, should one decide they “felt like” the opposite sex.
“’The federal government has no authority to dictate local school districts’ bathroom and locker room policies,’ Bevin wrote in a Facebook post. ‘The Obama Administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue.’”
Bevin echoes similar sentiments as those governors of the other states that have joined in the lawsuit.
Bathrooms as battlegrounds began with North Carolina’s “bathroom bill,” passed in late March.
Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, as a measure meant to head off a Charlotte city ordinance, that would have done the same thing Obama’s directive is aimed at, and extended to all city businesses, as well.
North Carolina, while not a part of this lawsuit, fired the first shot across the bow with their own lawsuit, earlier this month. The state had previously been threatened with a lawsuit, as well as loss of federal funds for schools and public safety, should they fail to comply with the demands of the Department of (social) Justice, in regards to dropping the new bathroom law. McCrory filed a lawsuit, instead.
This latest lawsuit is further evidence of growing impatience with an administration that routinely oversteps the limits of its authority.
“The multi-state action against the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance also includes top state officials and school districts. The Education Department and Secretary John B. King Jr. are included among the named defendants.
The suit accuses the defendants of conspiring ‘to turn workplaces 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.’”
Expect to see other states emboldened and encouraged to step forward, very soon.