A federal judge has stopped the Education Department’s Title IX guidance. This ensures discrimination against gender identity or sexual orientation.
Charles Atchley was appointed by Trump to the Eastern District of Tennessee. He ruled Friday that the measures violate states’ rights and sided with an argument brought forth by more than 20 Republican attorneys general.
The attorneys general of Tennessee, headed by Herbert Slatery said that they could lose federal funding because of the restrictions in place and rules to make schools use transgender student pronouns against the First Amendment.
” As it stands now, plaintiffs have to choose between legal consequences (enforcement action, civil penalties and withholding federal funding) or changing their state laws in order to comply with the guidance. Mr. Atchley said.
This move is a setback to the Biden administration’s attempts to increase support for transgender Americans, and to expand LGBT protections.
Last Month, the Biden administration made major changes to federal regulations that would expand Title IX’s discrimination provisions to improve protections for students of transgender gender. Title IX currently does not provide protections for transgender people.
The Trump administration had issued orders regarding sexual misconduct that required schools to assume the innocence of students accused until the grievance procedure was resolved.