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Arkansas and other states sue federal government

Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office) Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office)
(KAIT) -

Arkansas and nine other states filed a lawsuit Friday against the Department of Education, Department of Justice, as well as other federal agencies and officials because they are requiring states to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to everyone.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is representing the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services along with the state .
 
Rutledge said "The Obama Administration is using intimidation tactics in an attempt to force local schools to adopt a radical social policy that raises serious safety concerns for school-age children."

Current state law and federal regulations allow schools to have separate facilities based upon sex.

The recent action by the Obama Administration circumvents the established law by ignoring the appropriate legislative process necessary to change it.

It also overrules local school districts' authority to address student issues on an individualized, professional and private basis.   
 
In addition to Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming have joined Friday's filing by Nebraska.

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