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The Obama administration now has a dozen states backing its transgender bathroom directive, and New Hampshire is the latest.
On July 27, New Hampshire officially signed onto a court brief to show support for the push to allow transgender persons to use the restroom that correlates with their chosen gender identity.
The guidance, released in mid-May, explains that the Obama administration desires that "transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment."
In total, 12 states have signed onto a brief to officially support the campaign headed by the Departments of Education and Justice. In addition to New Hampshire, attorneys general of Washington, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont are also supporting the Obama administration.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, "There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex. This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies."
The brief itself states: "Protecting transgender individuals from discrimination benefits all members of the public. ... Contrary to plaintiff's claims, our shared experience demonstrates that protecting the civil rights of our transgender friends, relatives, classmates and colleagues creates no public safety threat and imposes no meaningful financial burden."
Resistance to the letter outweighs the letter's support by 2💯 23 states, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas, have sued the Obama administration. They do not believe it is within its jurisdiction to implement this belief.
Tennessee Republican and senate heavy hitter Lamar Alexander said in reference to the issued letter, "Insofar as the federal government goes, it's up to Congress to write the law, not the executive departments."
Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory said that the administration "overstepped its boundaries." Mississippi governor Phil Bryant referred to the guidance as "outrageous."
But at a press conference in South Carolina, Loretta Lynch insisted, "This [The transgender bathroom directive] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them."
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