Judge Blocks Biden’s Transgender Title IX Rules In 4 States

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In a major blow to the Biden administration’s new Title IX guidelines forcing public schools to allow trans-identifying males in girls’ bathrooms and sports, a federal judge on Thursday blocked the rules in four states.

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee, issued a preliminary injunction against the rules, calling them an “abuse of power” by federal agencies and a “threat to democracy.”

The injunction blocks the rules in Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho. Louisiana sued the administration in April, and the other three states joined the suit.

“Title IX was written and intended to protect biological women from discrimination,” Doughty wrote. “Such purpose makes it difficult to sincerely argue that, at the time of enactment, ‘discrimination on the basis of sex’ included gender identity, sex stereotypes, sexual orientation, or sex characteristics. Enacting the changes in the Final Rule would subvert the original purpose of Title IX: protecting biological females from discrimination.”

Since the rules were announced, more than 20 states have joined lawsuits against the administration over its new Title IX rules, which appear to conflict with laws in several states restricting trans-identifying male students from playing on girls’ teams or using girls’ facilities.

In April, the Education Department unveiled the new Title IX regulations, which prohibit schools from enforcing blanket bans on trans-identifying males in girls’ sports. The rules are set to take effect in August.

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