Republican lawmakers issue letter urging Tenn. to challenge federal bathroom directive

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Republican lawmakers from throughout Tennessee have issued a letter following the school restroom directive issued by the Obama administration last week.

The directive states that public schools must permit transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

On Monday, lawmakers called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to sue the federal government over the announcement.

The letter, sent Tuesday, is addressed to Attorney General Herbert Slatery Jr., as well as Gov. Haslam, and others. Click here to read the full letter.

In it, lawmakers implore state officials to “challenge the legal authority of the federal government to enforce any ‘directives’ or financial withholding threats.”

The lawmakers contend that the federal government has “no legal authority to direct schools to accommodate students with gender identity disorder at the expense of the mentally healthy enrollment.”

The following lawmakers signed the letter:

  • Sen. Janice Bowling
  • Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey
  • Rep. Jerry Sexton
  • Rep. Judd Matheny
  • Rep. David Byrd
  • Rep. Jay Reedy
  • Rep. David Alexander
  • Sen. Jim Tracy
  • Rep. Mark Pody
  • Rep. Micah Van Huss
  • Sen. Ed Jackson
  • Sen. Paul Bailey
  • Rep. Dan Howell
  • Sen. Joey Hensley
  • Rep. Ryan Williams
  • Sen. Bo Watson
  • Sen. Bill Ketron
  • Sen. Frank Niceley
  • Rep. Bryan Terry
  • Sen. Mark Green
  • Rep. Jason Zachary
  • Rep. Kent Calfee
  • Rep. Sabi Kumar
  • Rep. Dennis Powers
  • Sen. Rusty Crowe
  • Sen. Randy McNally
  • Rep. Rick Womick
  • Rep. Matthew Hill
  • Rep. Terri Lynn Walker
  • Rep. Andy Holt
  • Rep. John Lundberg
  • Sen. Doug Overbey
  • Rep. Roger Kane

Sen. Mark Green from Clarksville also wrote a letter to the governor asking him to follow in North Carolina’s footsteps and sue.

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