Kentucky's Republican Governor Matt Bevin on Friday announced that he would join a lawsuit challenging a directive by the Obama administration advising schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

The lawsuit led by Texas was announced on Wednesday. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said on Thursday that he would join the lawsuit. Other states participating in the lawsuit are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as Maine Governor Paul LePage, a Republican.

“The federal government has no authority to dictate local school districts' bathroom and locker room policies. The Obama Administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a local issue,” Bevin said in a Facebook post.

Bevin also criticized Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear for not joining the suit.

“[U]nfortunately [Beshear] … is unwilling to protect Kentucky's control over local issues,” Bevin said. “Therefore, my administration will do so by joining this lawsuit.”

Beshear denied the claim, saying in a statement that the governor's comment “was not truthful” and that his office had not been consulted on the matter.