- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state Republican Party is pressing Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to say what he thinks about a federal directive to let transgender students use their preferred restroom in public schools.

At a news conference Wednesday, GOP Chairman Robin Hayes called on Cooper to voice an opinion. He said it’s the attorney general’s job to advise school officials confused about whether to follow federal instruction or state law.

A law signed in March by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says students must use multi-stall bathrooms that match their birth certificates. Cooper is running against McCrory and opposes the law.

When asked about the federal directive, Cooper campaign spokesman Jamal Little emphasized the need to repeal the state law. He said in an email the directive won’t change day-to-day practices for students.

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