Federal judge blocks Title IX protections for transgender students in four states

Author: Trudy Ring

A federal judge Thursday temporarily blocked the Biden Administration’s new Title IX rule banning anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in education in four states.In the latest case, Doughty’s ruling brought praise from those who filed the four-state challenge. “We are confident that other courts and states will soon follow,” Bob Eitel, president of the Defense of Freedom Institute, co-counsel to those states, told the Post.

LGBTQ+ activists denounced the decision. “Every student in Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho deserves to be safe. Every young person deserves protection from bullying, misgendering, and abuse,” Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a press release. “Today’s decision prioritizes anti-LGBTQ+ hate over the safety and well-being of students in the state. This is MAGA theatrics with the dangerous goal of weaving discrimination into law. HRC will continue to mobilize communities and work to make sure that all students are protected under law.”

Education Department spokesperson Vanessa Harmoush told the Post the department is reviewing the ruling but believes the new regulations are valid and necessary. “We will continue to fight for every student,” she said.

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Author: Trudy Ring

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