Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: ‘We Will Not Yield to Blackmail from POTUS’ on Transgender Rights

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says that the Lone Star state “will not yield to blackmail from the President of the United State” when it comes to transgender rights.

Patrick is referring to an ordered issued late Thursday from the Obama administration that says all public schools throughout the nation must allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice that matches their gender identity.

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NBC 5 reports:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke to NBC 5 soon after the directive was first reported, saying, “This will be the beginning of the end of the public school system as we know it.”

Patrick compared the guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice to a recent guideline from the Fort Worth school district superintendent meant to accommodate transgender students.

“President Obama, in the dark of the night – without consulting Congress, without consulting educators, without consulting parents – decides to issue an executive order, like this superintendent, forcing transgender policies on schools and on parents who clearly don’t want it,” Patrick told NBC 5.

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RELATED – Here is the Obama Administration’s Sweeping Transgender Guidance for Schools: READ IT

Governor Greg Abbot also weighed in, adding that Texas is considering legislation similar to HB 2:

“Obama is turning bathrooms into courtroom issues,” Abbott told thousands of delegates at Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. “I want you to know, I am working with the governor of North Carolina, and we are going to fight back.”

He added: “Our country is in crisis, and Texas must lead the way forward.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton seemed to suggest Texas might challenge the order in court.

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Watch a news report, below.

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