Once again, the GOP-led states prove that the ones that need the most protection with these transgender bathroom laws are the transgender kids themselves…from government overreach.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the federal government would challenge the so-called “transgender bathroom laws” in various states and have them declared unconstitutional and a violation of civil rights.

Instead of turning away from our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, let us instead learn from our history and avoid repeating the mistakes of our past.  Let us reflect on the obvious but often neglected lesson that state-sanctioned discrimination never looks good in hindsight.  It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference.  We have moved beyond those dark days, but not without pain and suffering and an ongoing fight to keep moving forward.  Let us write a different story this time.

Republicans know that they are on the losing side of history with this one, but it’s hard to resist a good wedge issue in an election year:

Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to overturn a directive telling schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, decrying the policy as “a massive social experiment.” Ramping up the simmering battles over contentious cultural issues in America, the states, led by Texas and most with Republican governors, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by “administrative fiat.”

The “Party of Limited Government” is willing to spend how many taxpayer dollars to litigate against transgender teens to not use a bathroom or locker room of the gender by which they identify? Because a male-to-female transgender youth will be much safer using the boy’s bathroom, won’t she? Who exactly do they think will be at risk here?

For its part, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would overturn the precedent used to require public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity earlier this month.

(Photo: AP/Toby Talbot)