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Tennessee GOP pushes back against Obama directive on transgender bathrooms

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Tennessee Legislature’s Republican super majority will consider calling a special session to express opposition to a new federal directive to schools concerning transgender bathrooms.

In a letter sent to schools this week, the Obama Administration directed school administrators to allow students to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity.

The Tennessean reports Republican lawmakers have forwarded a letter to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery asking him to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the issue.

In a letter to Slatery signed by 13 senators and 20 House members, all Republicans, legislators accused the Obama Administration of bullying and asserted that transgender individuals suffer from gender identity disorder.

Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Cassada says 16 of the 22 House members he surveyed this week are in favor of convening a special session of the General Assembly to register their opposition.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says there are no similar plans being discussed in the State Senate.