Federal Court: Biden Administration Cannot Force Oklahoma to Allow Biological Males to Compete on Girls’ Sports Teams or Use Girls’ Showers/Locker Rooms

Attorney General Office of Oklahoma - July 19, 2022 5:57 am

OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal district court has temporarily prohibited the Biden Administration from enforcing new, expansive, and unlawful gender identity mandates against Oklahoma and 19 other States. The Biden “guidance” documents attempted, among other things, to force schools to allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams and use the girls’ showers and locker rooms.

“The federal government’s agencies, under Biden’s direction, regularly exceed the authority delegated to them by Congress,” said Attorney General John O’Connor. “These unelected bureaucrats, who are almost impossible to fire, are ready to destroy women’s sports and invade their privacy to impose their woke agenda on the American people.”

In its ruling, issued on July 15, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee enjoined the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from enforcing various “guidance” documents, including an “Interpretation,” a “Dear Educator” letter, and a “Fact Sheet,” that provided the misguided interpretations of Title IX. These documents all relied on an overbroad reading of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the court held, and attempted to impose legal mandates on gender identity “that appear nowhere in Bostock, Title IX, or its implementing regulations.”

The following plaintiff states joined the lawsuit: Tennessee, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

To read the District Court’s ruling, click here.

 

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