BIRMINGHAM (TAB, BP) — A lawsuit was filed May 25 by Alabama, along with 10 other states and two school districts, to challenge President Barack Obama’s directive forcing all federally funded schools to define a student’s sexual identity based not on biological traits, but on feelings.
Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include: Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The governor of Maine; the Arizona Department of Education; Harrold Independent School District in Texas; and Heber-Overgaard Unified School District in Arizona are also plaintiffs in the case.
On May 13 the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a “Dear Colleague” letter giving guidance to all federally funded K-12 schools and universities in their application of Title IX. The one-sentence regulation passed in 1972 as part of the Higher Education Act prohibits discrimination in public education based on sex. The Obama administration interprets “sex” to include “gender identity” — a student’s perceived gender regardless of biological characteristics. The schools also were told that if they do not abide by the directive, they will lose all federal funding.
To view the lawsuit, visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/files/2016/complaint_FM.pdf.
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