Idaho Plans To Join Lawsuit Over Transgender Student Policy

May 25, 2016

Gov. Otter has called the transgender student policies a "Washington, D.C. power play."

Texas is filing a lawsuit over the Obama administration’s transgender student guidelines.

Ten other states are supporting the lawsuit, Reuters reported Wednesday. Idaho was not on that initial list, but will support the Texas lawsuit.

“We still plan to participate and are working on an amicus brief in support of the states listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit,” Mark Warbis, a spokesman for Gov. Butch Otter, said Wednesday afternoon.

An “amicus” brief, known also as a “friend of the court” brief, expresses support for one side in a lawsuit.

The transgender policies — called “guidance” by administration officials — came under almost immediate criticism after their May 13 release.

Hinting at a lawsuit, Otter said the state would “explore every available option” to oppose the administration’s guidelines. At the time, Otter predicted the guidelines would not withstand a legal challenge.

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