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13 states ask judge to halt transgender policy

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>> Texas and 12 other states planning to argue to a federal judge that President Obama's recommendations on bathroom access for transgender students are unlawful. On Friday, in a Fort Worth court, the states will say the White House plan is built on quote radical changes that have been forced upon the nation.
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In a complaint, the states, which also include Alabama, Wisconsin, and West Virginia, say the Obama administration and Justice Department have quote conspired to turn work places and educational settings into laboratories for a massive social experiment flouting the democratic process. But the Justice Department, in its own filings, says the recommendation are just that, and do not have the force of law.
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And that the 13 states, therefore, have no standing to request an injunction. The U.S government's directive, issued in May, said public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity or face federal funding laws, as failure to do so will be discrimination. The opposing states claimed this is a thinly veiled threat, saying they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds for education if they fail to comply.
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10 other states have also sued over the guidelines, bringing the total number to 23.