Nebraska among states suing federal government over transgender bathroom rules

Nebraska has joined nine other states in a lawsuit against the federal government over guidelines allowing transgender students access to restrooms and other facilities, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

The complaint, filed in federal court in Nebraska, alleges that the U.S. Department of Education violated the Administrative Procedure Act and “numerous” other federal laws by redefining the term “sex” under the federal civil rights and education law to include gender identity.

“There’s kind of a pattern, where agencies have taken action beyond the scope of their authority,” Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said Friday, “and that’s why we have to step in and say you simply don’t have authority to unilaterally do this type of stuff.”

The guidelines, announced in May, require public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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