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Two lawmakers want Ohio out of school lunch lawsuit

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Two Democrats on the ballot this fall are calling on Ohio to get out of a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration’s rules on funding for school meals and anti-discrimination policies.

The lawsuit challenges a USDA requirement that K-12 schools investigate claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or risk losing funding for meal programs for needy children. Dave Yost is one of 22 Republican attorneys general filing the suit. Democratic Ohio House candidate Jim Obergefell lead the case against Ohio that resulted in legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

“Attorney General Yost must drop out of this lawsuit. This lawsuit is harmful, it’s hateful, it’s anti-children and it’s anti-family.”

Yost’s opponent Rep. Jeffrey Crossman says Yost should drop out of the suit or at least provide the legal validity for joining it. Yost has said the USDA doesn’t have the power to order this mandate, and he said it could bring what he called “regulatory chaos” to essential nutritional services.