Governors of North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Utah, Idaho, and South Dakota stood up on Friday to publicly rebuke the Obama Administration and reject a joint letter from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice outlining how all public schools in America must open up girls bathrooms and locker rooms to males who "self-identify" as female. The directive also tells schools to let transgender students choose the sports teams that match their "gender identity" regardless of biological sex.
According to the Argus Leader, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard's spokesman Tony Venhuizen called it "another overreach by the Obama administration," echoing the voices of numerous governors who have also directed schools to ignore the letter.
State officials and superintendents from many others states, including Alabama and Missouri, have also rejected the rules even though their governors have not officially spoken out against them. While Obama Administration has insisted the rules are not legally binding, skeptical governors have pointed out the Department of Justice's threats of pulling federal funding from North Carolina over their bathroom bill.
Officials from West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, and Maine have also dug their heels in against open bathrooms recently, according to CBS News, by asking an appeals court to reconsider their decision in allowing a Virginia transgender student to use the boys bathroom in school even though she's a girl.