Judge Blocks Biden

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(5MinNewsBreak.com) – In a dual blow to the left – to both Joe Biden and the transgender agenda, a federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against a Biden administration regulation that expanded federal nondiscrimination protections to include LGBTQ students under Title IX.

This law, once pivotal in the fight against sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal funds, was augmented by the Education Department last April to encompass protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves affects the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, The Hill reports.

Judge Reeves, appointed by former President George W. Bush, indicated in his decision that the plaintiffs—comprising six states led by Republican administrations, an association of Christian educators, and a 15-year-old girl—would encounter “immediate and irreparable harm” should the rule be implemented.

“As [the plaintiffs] correctly argue, the new rule contravenes the plain text of Title IX by redefining ‘sex’ to include gender identity, violates government employees’ First Amendment rights, and is the result of arbitrary and capricious rulemaking,” the judge stated.

This development follows a similar judicial intervention where another federal judge halted the rule’s enforcement in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Montana after these states initiated legal challenges against the Biden administration in April.

Numerous other lawsuits remain active across over a dozen Republican-majority states.

While Title IX’s implementation varies with each administration, compliance is mandatory for educational entities to qualify for federal funding.

The Biden administration intended for these amendments to Title IX to be universally applicable by August 1, barring the states where judicial blocks are in place.

Concurrently, resolutions of disapproval have been introduced by Republicans in both the House and Senate to negate the rule prior to its enactment.

The decision was met with approval from Kentucky’s Republican Attorney General Russell Coleman, who viewed the legal challenge as part of a broader endeavor to “protect our women and girls from harm.”

He expressed his gratitude towards the court’s decision and reaffirmed his commitment to oppose the Biden administration’s policies, which he believes strip away existing protections to promote a political agenda.

The Republicans have consistently expressed their disapproval of the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX, arguing that it diminishes the protections for students who are not transgender.

They also contend that it misapplies the logic of a 2020 Supreme Court ruling—originally pertaining to employment—that extended discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby incorrectly extending these protections under Title IX.

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