Gov. Bevin: KY joins the transgender lawsuit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Over a series of tweets, Governor Matt Bevin has announced that Kentucky will join 11 other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over “new guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students.”

In his tweets, the Governor says that the, “Obama Administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue,” and that the federal government “has no authority to dictate local school districts’ bathroom and locker room policies.”

In the midst of Governor Bevin’s statements, he lashed out at Attorney General Andy Beshear, saying, “Unfortunately, Attorney General Andy Beshear is unwilling to protect Kentucky’s control over local issues,” which, he claims, ultimately led him to joining the lawsuit.  Beshear has rebuffed this comment, stating that, “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.”

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Kentucky has issued a statement addressing Beshear’s role in the transgender controversy, saying, “Attorney General Andy Beshear continues to be more interested in playing politics than standing up for Kentucky.  Thankfully, Governor Bevin is willing to take the lead in protecting the 10th Amendment and the rights of Kentucky families from federal overreach and intimidation.”

The Fairness Coalition has also weighed in on Governor Bevin joining the lawsuit, saying, “We are deeply disappointed Governor Bevin has decided to the wrong side of history and the law. This lawsuit is nothing but a political stunt and an attack on transgender students, who are among our most vulnerable. There have been no disruptions, increases in public safety incidents, nor invasions of privacy related to transgender students using the restrooms that match their gender identity.”

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