Sharron Cooks, a transgender woman delegate from Pennsylvania, looks on as Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration's rule directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.
Texas was joined by 12 other states and two school districts in filing a lawsuit against the directive. The other states are Alabama, Louisiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Arizona, Utah Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Georgia, Mississippi and Kentucky.