Arizona Joins Lawsuit Over Obama Transgender Student Order

May 25, 2016

Arizona has joined a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas seeking to block an Obama administration directive that says public schools must let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced the lawsuit in a joint statement Wednesday. Brnovich says the president "has no business setting locker room and restroom policies for our schools." Douglas says school districts have policies in place to ensure students attend schools that are safe and free from bullying and discrimination.

The lawsuit filed by Texas and joined by Arizona and nine other states seeks to block the directives and a threat to withhold federal funds to schools that don't comply.