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WV AG, others sue over transgender directive

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press This May 11, 2014 photo shows an “All Gender Restroom” sign outside a bathroom in a bar in Washington. Confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press
This May 11, 2014 photo shows an “All Gender Restroom” sign outside a bathroom in a bar in Washington. Confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit — alongside Maine’s governor and attorneys general from nine other states — against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey signed on to the suit, alongside the attorney generals from Arizona, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

Morrisey announced the suit in a press release and an accompanying video, in which he said he was opposing “the Obama administration’s overreach relating to our local schools.”

“We think this is an open and shut case in terms of the law, and we look forward to litigating against the federal government…

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