Christian Educators and Six States Win Injunction Against Biden’s Title IX Rules

Jun 18, 2024

COVINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky district court ruled Monday to immediately halt the rollout of the Biden administration’s Title IX rules in six states that were poised to go into effect on August 1. Through these rules, the Biden administration seeks to require all public schools across the country to implement policies promoting fluid “gender identity,” or risk losing federal funding.

This injunction will put the new Title IX rules on hold while the case brought by six states, Christian Educators Association International (“Christian Educators”), and a female high school athlete from West Virginia, moves forward. The ruling adds Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Indiana to the total of now 10 states in which the Biden Administration’s Title IX rules are blocked from taking effect. Four other states won an injunction against these same rules on June 13.

“We are thrilled that the judge saw these rules exactly for what they are: a contradiction of Title IX’s text and purpose,” said David Schmus, Executive Director of Christian Educators. “Our members and other educators in these states are free from any attempt by the federal government to use Title IX to force them to say things about sex and gender identity that aren’t true and that violate their deeply held convictions.”

If these rules were to go into effect, students who express a gender identity inconsistent with their sex must be given access to sex-specific private places like restrooms and locker rooms and must be addressed by names and pronouns inconsistent with their sex. Educators who have sincerely held philosophical and religious objections to these policies may be forced to violate their consciences or lose their jobs.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ruled that “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 further explained, “Despite society’s enduring recognition of biological differences between the sexes, as well as an individual’s basic right to bodily privacy, the Final Rule mandates that schools permit biological men into women’s intimate spaces, and women into men’s, within the educational environment based entirely on a person’s subjective gender identity. This result is not only impossible to square with Title IX but with the broader guarantee of education protection for all students.”

Christian Educators is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, marriage, family, and parental rights.

“The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of ‘sex’ will upend the equal opportunities that women and girls have enjoyed for 50 years under Title IX and will threaten their safety and privacy at every level,” said ADF Senior Counsel Hal Frampton, who argued before the court. “The court was right to halt the administration’s illegal efforts to rewrite Title IX while this critical lawsuit continues.”

Christian Educators Association International (Christian Educators), is a professional association of educators supporting, connecting, and protecting Christians working in our schools. Representing 15,000 members from all 50 states, Christian Educators provides a suite of protections and benefits for educators in public schools without the radical politicization of the national teachers’ unions.

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