Top Kentucky Republicans – including Gov. Matt Bevin – vowed Friday to resist the Obama administration’s directive ordering schools to let transgender students use bathrooms that match their gender identity. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race earlier this month, declined comment.

Kentucky schools, Bevin said in a statement, “should not feel compelled to bow to such intimidation.” He was joined by the top Republican in the Kentucky House, Jeff Hoover, who said he was figuring out how to challenge the order. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, did not return calls.

President Barack Obama issued the directive amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina over transgender bathroom laws. Obama directed public schools to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. READ MORE