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ADF obtains first hold on Biden admin's attempted Title IX rewrite

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Natalie Thompson regarding a Louisiana district court’s ruling Thursday in Rapides Parish School Board v. United States Department of Education to halt the Biden administration’s illegal rewrite of Title IX while the lawsuit continues. This is the first preliminary injunction issued in the country that puts a stop to the administration’s unlawful Title IX rule:

“The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of sex turns back the clock on equal opportunity for women, undermines fairness, and threatens student safety and privacy. The court was right to halt the administration’s illegal efforts to rewrite Title IX while this critical lawsuit continues. As the court wrote in its opinion, ‘The abuse of power by administrative agencies is a threat to democracy.’ The administration continues to ignore biological reality, science, and common sense. The Rapides Parish School Board and schools and teachers across the country are right to stand against the administration’s adoption of extreme gender ideology, which would have devastating consequences for students, teachers, administrators, and families.”

“Enacting the changes in the Final Rule would subvert the original purpose of Title IX: protecting biological females from discrimination,” the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana wrote in its decision. The court granted a preliminary injunction to the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho in a consolidated lawsuit challenging the same rule.

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Natalie Thompson
Senior Counsel
Natalie D. Thompson serves as senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, where her practice in the regulatory litigation group focuses on federal administrative law’s impact on religious freedom and the sanctity of life.