Texas and 12 other states will ask a federal judge Friday to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools, NBC News reported.
The administration told U.S. public schools in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity or risk losing federal funding.
Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin immediately filed a joint lawsuit to push back against the requirement.
That announcement came days after the Justice Department sued North Carolina over a state law that requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement that there is "no room in our schools" for discrimination.