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>> The battle over bathrooms and transgender rights erupting furiously in Oklahoma. State law makers taking a dramatic stand against President Obama's recent directive that states should allows transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identities. Reuters correspondent, Heide Brandes, is in Oklahoma City.>> Republican lawmakers say they are calling for the impeachment of President Obama.
The US Attorney General and the US Secretary of Education claiming Constitutional overreach with their directive about school bathrooms.>> While legal experts say an impeachment is unlikely, the move comes as Oklahoma's lawmakers on Friday take up a bill that would allow students to claim a religious right to have separate but equal bathrooms and changing facilities in order to segregate them from transgender students.
>> Republican law makers also included an emergency clause to the legislation, causing it to go into effect immediately if passed. They say this clause was necessary to preserve public peace, health, and safety.>> The bill could force schools into costly construction of new bathrooms, which would be tough, given that Oklahoma recently cut school funding in order to plug a more than $1 billion state budget shortfall.
Opponents of the bill say it promotes fear mongering with LGBT groups such as Freedom Oklahoma vowing to fighting it if passed.