Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina all sue Biden admin over ‘unlawful’ changes to Title IX

Apr 30, 2024 | Political News

The Biden administration's Department of Education issued rule changes to Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which is the provision that guarantees equal protections for women's spaces and sports, and in response, the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina are suing the administration, namely, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

Cardona has refused to say that he knows what a woman is when he was asked in Congress. When he was head of the education department in Connecticut, prior to working for the Biden administration, he oversaw the inclusion of males in girls' high school athletics. The state of Connecticut was sued by female athletes for discrimination.

The suit is joined by the Independent Women's Law Center, the Independent Women's Network, Parents Defending Education, and Speech First, Inc. The changes go into effect August 1, in time for schools and universities to make changes necessary to be in compliance. This suit aims to put a halt to those changes.

The complaint in the suit notes that “While different administrations can have different policy views, they cannot override the text that Congress enacted in 1972 or overrule the binding precedent of this circuit. The Biden rule does both—to the detriment of the States, their schools, and their students.”

“For a host of reasons,” the complaint continues, “this new rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act and should be set aside. Most pressingly, this Court should stay the rule's effective date, keeping the Trump rule in place while the parties litigate cross-motions for summary judgment.”

The new guidelines roll back due process protections for sexual misconduct allegations on campus and conflate gender identity with biological sex, meaning that men who claim to be women are now offered the same protections as women. To do otherwise, under the new rules, would be sex discrimination. “Misgendering,” also, is now a form of sex-based discrimination. 

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