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AUSTIN, TX (KXAN) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.

The lawsuit announced Tuesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

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Conservative states had vowed defiance since the Justice Department handed down the guidance. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said “there is no room in our schools for discrimination.”

“We will not be blackmailed by the President’s 30 pieces of silver. We will not sell out our children to the federal government,” said Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. “And the people of Texas the legislature will find a way to find as much of that money as we can if we are forced to.”

The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. It asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful.

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