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Kentucky Wants to Join Lawsuit Over Obama Transgender Bathroom Directive


Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin screengrab via Governor Matt Bevin

On Friday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin promised his state would join several others in a lawsuit fighting the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom guideline.

“The federal government has no authority to dictate local school districts’ bathroom and locker room policies,” he said in a statement. “The Obama Administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue.”

On May 13, the executive branch issued a directive that encouraged local schools to let transgender kids use bathrooms matching their gender identity. Several states and their representatives sued in response: Alabama, the Arizona Department of Education, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

It’s worth mentioning local context for the new development. In his statement, Gov. Bevin, who is a Republican, took time to throw shade at a Democratic rival: “Unfortunately, (Kentucky) Attorney General Andy Beshear is unwilling to protect Kentucky’s control over local issues. Therefore, my administration will do so by joining this lawsuit. We are committed to protecting the Tenth Amendment and fighting federal overreach into state and local issues.”

It’s probably safe to say Bevin and Beshear hate each other. Bevin has ordered a corruption investigation into his predecessor, who happens to be Beshear’s dad. Meanwhile, that same dad has called the current governor “vindictive.”

“The Governor’s statement is not truthful,” Beshear wrote in his statement on Friday. “The Office of the Attorney General has been closely reviewing this matter. On the day the federal government issued its guidance, the governor stated he was researching legal options. I expected to be consulted on those options, but my office has not received a single phone call from the governor or his attorneys on this matter.”

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