Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson slammed a directive by federal education officials advising public schools to allow students to use bathrooms and other facilities of the gender that they identify.
In statements to The Greenville News, Haley and Wilson said such issues need be decided at the state and local levels.
The issue of transgender restroom use has moved to the forefront after North Carolina passed a law this year banning any towns or counties from allowing such individuals to use the public restroom of their choice. The US Education Department requirement expected later this week does not make it mandatory for school districts to follow, but the federal agency could withhold funding if those districts do not comply.
Wilson said he is conferring with other attorney generals to see what action, if any, can be taken to fight the directive, which was issued under the agency’s Title IX code that prohibits discrimination based on gender.
Last month when Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, introduced a bill requiring those using public bathrooms and other facilities to use the facility of their gender at birth, Haley called the legislation unnecesary. The bill never made it out of committee.