DeWine: Obama transgender school bathroom directive ‘absurd’

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 10:27 AM

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said President Barack Obama’s directive on transgender students and school bathroom use is “absurd.”

DeWine, a Republican, fell short of saying Ohio would join a lawsuit by 11 other states against the Obama administration, but said he stands “ready to protect” schools if the White House attempts to enforce the directive.

“I stand ready — if they’re really serious about this and they’re going to come in and force their rules and regulations with some school in the state of Ohio — I stand ready to defend that school,” DeWine said.

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The Obama administration issued a policy this month urging public schools to accommodate transgender students in bathrooms and locker rooms, prompting a wide range of reactions from advocates, parents, lawyers and school officials across the Miami Valley.

“This threat made by federal bureaucrats to nationalize and politicize the way schools address gender identity issues down to the level of school locker rooms and bathrooms is astonishing,” DeWine said Friday in a statement. “Congress has not changed the law — and no ‘guidance’ from federal officials can do what Congress has declined to do.”

DeWine’s comments came during a tour of Summit Academy charter school in Dayton. Also Thursday, DeWine told an administrator at the school he is running for governor in 2018.