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A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama?s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district?s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Texas judge blocks Obama's rules on bathrooms for transgender students

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A Texas judge has temporarily blocked the Obama administration's rules requiring that public schools let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

The decision comes on the heels of a lawsuit involving 13 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi and Kentucky. So far, only Texas has blocked the ruling, which initially arrived in May.

This president is ...threatening to take away funding from schools to force them to conform.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Public schools were not explicitly told they would lose federal funding if they didn't follow the ruling, but it was not ruled out.

Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the White House did not follow proper protocols for giving advance notice, according to Reuters.

LGBT advocacy groups criticized the "shameful" decision.

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Texas judge blocks Obama's rules on bathrooms for transgender students

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