ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton is urging Minnesota schools to continue
allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

His Thursday pronouncement follows President Donald Trump administration's
decision this week to lift an Obama-era directive. It leaves the decision
regarding bathrooms to individual states and school districts.

Although the Obama guidance was not legally binding, transgender rights
advocates say it was necessary to protect students from discrimination.
Opponents argued it was federal overreach.

The Democratic governor says it's a human rights issue, not a state's rights
issue as Trump's directive said. Dayton says those students need to be provided
with safe environments and protected from bullying.