Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit against the federal government over President Barack Obama’s directive asking public schools to allow students use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.
Arizona joins Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the legal challenge, and other states, including Alabama, Georgia, and Utah. The legal action, aimed at the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, seeks to block implementation of the president’s directive.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Lawsuit claims federal overreach
Released by the U.S. Department of Education and Justice Department, Obama’s directive asks schools to treat transgender students “consistent with their gender identity” regardless of how they are legally identified. The directive states that districts are expected to abide by the guidelines or risk losing federal funds.