- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wanting to join other states in suing the federal government (all times local):

5:08 p.m.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he won’t represent Gov. Phil Bryant in a multistate lawsuit against the federal government over transgender bathroom policies for schools.

Democrat Hood sided with Virginia officials in a federal lawsuit last year that sought to block the Justice Department from telling schools how to set bathroom policies. Hood was on the losing side of that suit. An appeals court ruled that a high school discriminated against a transgender teen by banning him from using the boys’ restroom.

Republican Bryant says it was “federal overreach” for the Obama administration to tell schools recently to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.


11:20 a.m.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to join 11 states in suing the Obama administration for telling U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Republican Bryant says in a statement Thursday that his staff has spoken to the Texas attorney general’s staff and he intends to join the suit as soon as possible. Bryant says the bathroom guidance is an example of “federal overreach.”

The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. It asks a Texas federal court to declare the federal guidance unlawful.

The Mississippi Board of Education, following the lead of Bryant and other Republican officials, said this week it would not follow the federal guidance.

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