Joining the governors of Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas, along with many state officials in Oklahoma, are two states in the West — Utah and Idaho. These states have declared their outrage at the Obama's Administration's new directive, which allows males into the girls' public school restrooms and locker rooms across America as long as they "self-identify" as female.
Now, on his Twitter page, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wrote, "Today's action by President Obama is one of the most egregious examples of federal overreach I have ever witnessed. Schools are the domain of state and local government, not our nation's president. Unfortunately, this is exactly what I have come to expect from the Obama administration. If we have to fight this order, we will not hesitate to do so."
In Idaho, according to KBOI 2, Gov. Butch Otter also called Obama's directive a "vast overreach."
In a statement, he wrote, "This action creates needless concern and confusion for students, parents and educators. It is unwarranted, unprecedented, and unacceptable. We will explore every available option to ensure that the rights of all Idaho students are protected and that the citizens of Idaho maintain authority over our public education system."
As far as consequences, he added that, "I do not believe this Washington, D.C., power play will withstand the legal challenges that are sure to come."
The attorney general of South Dakota made similar remarks, according to the Sioux City Journal, saying that Obama is overstepping his authority. Marty Jackley said he's also working with other states' attorneys general to determine a course of action.