Two governors and several attorneys general have penned their names to a federal court brief, weighing in on the issue of a transgender girl in Virginia.
At issue is a girl at Gloucester High School who is demanding to use the boy's restroom.
In September, a federal judge denied a preliminary injunction filed by the ACLU that would have required the school to allow the student to use the boy's restroom. The ACLU has appealed the case to the Fourth Circuit.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says this legal case and other similar cases constitute federal overreach – a "clear overstepping" of federal authority, he says.
That's why state officials are getting involved, Dacus says, predicting that more will speak up "on behalf of their own state sovereignty."
The Fourth Circuit brief is being filed by governors Paul LePage of Maine and Pat McCrory of North Carolina, and the attorneys general of South Carolina, Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia.
The brief argues that the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX has wrongly broadened the definition of a person's sex to include their self-chosen gender.
The federal Department of Education is using Title IX to strong-arm public school districts to cave to transgender students or risk losing federal funding.
In a story about the court briefings, LifeSiteNews quoted from South Carolina's attorney general, Alan Wilson, who wrote:
This Court should hesitate long before becoming the first court ever, anywhere in the United States, to force schools to admit adolescent biological females into boys' bathrooms and locker rooms, and adolescent biological males into girls' bathrooms and locker rooms.
If such a "revolution" becomes a reality, the filing argued, "it must come from the democratically elected legislature, not the courts of the executive."