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GOP Lawmaker Calls for 'Civil Disobedience' on Transgender Directive


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A Republican lawmaker is calling for "civil disobedience" in response to the Obama administration's new transgender directive.

The directive requires that public schools allow students to use bathroom's matching their "gender identity."

"There's no reason for us to follow an unconstitutional edict from the president who is on his way out the door," Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in a radio interview Tuesday.

King is among a group of Republican leaders arguing the Obama administration's action is constitutional overreach. During an appearance on C-SPAN Friday he said he would likely call a hearing on the matter.

"So we're going to explore that more fully," he said. "I need to be more astute at how movements begin, the genesis of these kinds of policies, so that we can go find them before they proliferate and become contagious across the countryside."

The directive is not a law, but schools that fail to comply could face lawsuits or lose federal aid.

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