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Associated Press Published: May 24, 2012

Though he stopped short of saying that the Justice Department induced the policy change, Horn acknowledged that the university changed its policy after DOJ intervened. "There was some proximity of conversation to the advice we got from our counsel," Horn said. "Their advice to us came after conversations [with the DOJ] -- I'm assuming that."

Horn also confirmed to The Washington Examiner that the Justice Department wrote a letter to the university attorneys about the issue, though he did not personally read it. "I would just share with you that we revisited on the advice of counsel our thinking on that and opened the female restrooms to that individual," he said.

The Washington Examiner asked if Gov. Mike Beebe, D-Ark., believes that mail-anatomied, transgender students have a civil right to access female bathrooms. "Each university is independent, and it is up to their Board of Trustees and administration to determine policies and regulations that they feel best accomodate the rights of all students who attend," answered Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample. "Having said that, of course Governor Beebe feels that federal laws should be followed as interpreted by the Department of Justice."

Neither the office of Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., nor the Justice Department responded in time for publication to The Washington Examiner's inquiries about Braly's case.

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