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Bevin Administration Researching Options After Obama Bathroom Letter

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a strong rebuke of President Barack Obama's letter to public school districts, directing them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender expression.

It does not have the force of law, but it contains an implicit threat: Schools that do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid, The New York Times reported.

Bevin's response was quick.

“It is difficult to imagine a more absurd federal overreach into a local issue. Under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to interfere in local school districts' bathroom policies," Bevin said in a statement. "The President is not promoting unity. In fact, he is doing quite the opposite. He is intentionally dividing America by threatening to sue or withhold funding from our cash-strapped public schools if they do not agree with his personal opinion on policies that remain squarely in their jurisdiction. They should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation. My administration is researching the options available for ensuring that this local issue is decided by Kentuckians, not by bureaucrats in Washington.”

Kentucky's governor was not alone in voicing such sentiment. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that his state would fight it, arguing that "Obama is not a king."

-Staff report