US pursues school of Biden administration and works on transgender orientation | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs
Mississippi has joined 20 states in the lawsuit that challenges Biden’s expansive interpretation of anti-discrimination laws.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Knoxville to stop orders that expand federal protections against sex discrimination and expand guidelines that would allow transgender people to access sports and feminine bathrooms. Twenty states, including Mississippi, have joined the lawsuit.
The argument against the Biden administration’s guidelines states that the legal interpretations of the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are based on an erroneous view of Supreme Court case law the United States.
“With the stroke of a pen, the Biden-Harris administration is destroying every stride we’ve made over the decades for equality in women’s sport,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch told Y’ all Politics. “My colleagues and I will not sit idly by and let school-aged girls be a political pawn in the administration’s power plays.”
Mississippi passed the Equity Act earlier this year in an effort to ensure that no biological males can compete in women’s athletics at state schools. This legislation was drafted by State Senator Angela Hill and signed into law in March by Governor Tate Reeves.
According to the States filing, Biden’s advice purports to address highly contentious and localized issues such as whether employers and schools can maintain gender-segregated showers and locker rooms, whether schools should allow biological men to compete on women’s sports teams and whether individuals may be required to use another person’s preferred pronouns.
“But the agencies do not have the power to resolve these sensitive issues,” the states argue, “much less to do so by executive decision without providing any opportunity for public input.”
The Biden administration’s decision to expand protections is based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment.
Last June, the Department of Education said discrimination based solely on a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity will be treated as a Title IX violation.
The Department for Education says there was “no convincing or well-founded basis” for treating education differently from employment.
In June, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also issued clarifications on what would be defined and considered discrimination against LGBTQ people and advised the public on how to file a complaint.
The states participating in this action are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia.