Governors in Texas, North Carolina, and Mississippi, along with many top officials in Oklahoma, have called out Obama today for his administration's directive that all girls' public school restrooms and locker rooms across the U.S. be open to males who "self-identify" as women. Now three more states have joined that rapidly growing group.
According to WDRB, Kentucky's governor Matt Bevin called it an "absurd federal overreach."
Pulling no punches against Obama, Bevin added in a written statement, "The President is not promoting unity. In fact, he is doing quite the opposite. He is intentionally dividing America by threatening to sue or withhold funding from our cash-strapped public schools if they do not agree with his personal opinion on policies that remain squarely in their jurisdiction. They should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation."
Kentucky House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover vowed to fight, saying, “Kentucky’s schools should be regulated on a local level, and not have the policies of Washington liberals forced upon them. If this directive stands, I will consider every measure to ensure it is challenged in Kentucky.”
Something similar was also going on in Indiana.
According to CBS 4, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said that, "The federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature. I am confident that parents, teachers and administrators will continue to resolve these matters without federal mandates and in a manner that reflects the common sense and compassion of our state.”
Many of the school district superintendents in the state, though, seemed either reluctant to comment or saw little to worry about when questioned.
And in Arkansas, according to ABC 7, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has recommended that all his state's school districts ignore Obama's directive.
He released a statement saying, "The recent letter from the federal government providing guidance to Arkansas schools on gender identification is offensive, intrusive and totally lacking in common sense. There is no recognizable problem in Arkansas on this issue. The federal government is stirring the pot and meddling in the local control and administration of our schools. As Governor, I recommend that local school districts disregard the latest attempt at social engineering by the federal government and continue to use common sense to ensure a safe and healthy environment in Arkansas schools."