State Attorneys General Join Parents Defending Education, Independent Women’s Forum, and Speech First in Landmark Lawsuit Against Biden’s Illegal Title IX Rewrite

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, female college athletes, college students, parents, and state attorneys general filed a blockbuster lawsuit against the Biden administration’s illegal Title IX regulation. The recently announced regulation upends the 1972 Title IX law, which forbids discrimination against women and girls, including by providing males access to girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms and requiring speech codes that indoctrinate young students with gender ideology. The regulation also ends basic due process rights owed every student by limiting individuals accused of sexual harassment from defending themselves.

The lawsuit was filed by Parents Defending Education, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), Speech First, and the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.  

Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education (PDE):

“The role of Cabinet agencies is to interpret laws as written by Congress – not to redefine the meaning of words to suit a fringe group of activists. The final rule lays bare the Biden Administration’s contempt for families, trumping state laws which reiterate parents’ right to access information and make decisions about issues related to their children’s gender identity in schools. By lowering the standard of ‘harassment’ to little more than a one-off expression of humor, satire, or parody, the free speech rights of every young learner in America has become subordinate to how the most sensitive student might interpret a phrase. This Title IX rule is both unconstitutional and immoral, and we look forward to vindicating our members’ rights in court.”

The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Alabama. A copy of the filing is available here