Oklahoma lawmakers file bills opposing transgender guidance

Ponca City Now - May 20, 2016 9:04 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma lawmakers have filed legislation opposing the federal government’s guidance on the use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.

Republican lawmakers filed two measures Thursday that oppose the guidance that transgender students be treated consistently with their gender identity.

A resolution directs Attorney General Scott Pruitt to defend the state "against the overreach" of the government guidance and urges Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama.

The other measure allows students to ask their school district for "a religious accommodation based on the student’s sincerely held religious beliefs" to avoid having to share facilities with transgender students.

Republican Rep. John Bennett authored the resolution and says the federal guidance "is Biblically wrong."

 

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