Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal judge to delay Obama’s demand that all public schools allow transgender children use whichever bathroom they want:

“We will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at the time.

“This goes against the values of so many people,” he added. “This has everything to do with keeping the federal government out of local issues.”

Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have joined Texas:

The hearing in Fort Worth is the latest in the battle between the federal government and various states opposed to the policy change. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor will hear arguments over the states’ request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Obama directive just weeks before school re-opens for the fall. It is not knowwn [SIC] when the judge might issue a ruling.

In July, Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming brought their own suit over Obama’s declaration.

They may have a chance at victory since the U.S. Supreme Court recently “agreed to put on hold a federal judge’s order that would have allowed a Virginia high school student who was born a female but identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom.” From NBC:

The local school board in Gloucester County had forced the high school to stop accommodating him after angry parents spoke out at two community meetings.

The school board has said it will ask the Supreme Court in late August to overturn a lower court’s decision that would serve as a victory for transgender students. The court would not act on that request until October at the earliest.

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