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13 states ask judge to halt transgender policy

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>> Texas and 12 other states asked a Federal Judge on Friday to block President Obama's recommendations on bathroom access for transgender students. In a Forth Worth Court the state's arguing the White House plan is built on quote radical changes that have been forced upon the nation. 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 workplaces and educational settings into laboratories for a massive social experiment flouting the democratic process.
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But the Justice Department in its own filings says the recommendations are just that and do not have the force of law. And that the 13 states therefore have no standing to request an injunction. The US 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 loss, as failure to do so would be discrimination.
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The opposing states claim this is a thinly veiled threat, saying they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds for education if they fail to comply. Ten other states have also sued over the guidelines, bringing the total number to 23.