Top Kentucky Republicans – including Gov. Matt Bevin – vowed Friday to resist the Obama administration’s directive ordering schools to let transgender students use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race earlier this month, declined comment.
Kentucky schools, Bevin said in a statement, “should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation.” He was joined by the top Republican in the Kentucky House, Jeff Hoover, who said he was figuring out how to challenge the order. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, did not return calls.
Here’s reaction from schools and leaders around the region:
- – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin: “It is difficult to imagine a more absurd federal overreach into a local issue. Under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to interfere in local school districts’ bathroom policies. 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. My administration is researching the options available for ensuring that this local issue is decided by Kentuckians, not by bureaucrats in Washington.”
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