A judge in Tennessee temporarily blocked two federal agencies from implementing guidelines mandated by the Joe Biden administration that expand safeguards for LGBTQ people in schools and workplaces.
US District Judge Charles Atlee Jr. ruled Friday in favor of 20 state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit in August 2021 alleging that the Biden administration’s directive violates the states’ right to enforce laws, for example For this, prevent students from participating in sports based games. on their gender identity or by requiring schools and businesses to provide bathrooms and showers to accommodate transgender people.
Atlee, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2020, agreed with the state attorneys’ argument and issued a temporary injunction preventing agencies from implementing that guidance on LGBTQ discrimination until the matter is resolved by the courts. Can go
“As shown above, the harm alleged by claimant states is already occurring: their sovereign power to enforce their own legal codes is constrained by the guidance issued by defendants and, as a result, they are forced to change their state laws. There is enough pressure to face,” Attlee wrote.
The justice secretaries suing include those from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. West Virginia.
The instructions regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation were issued by the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June following a 2020 Supreme Court civil rights ruling that protected gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination under a provision called Title VII. protects. from discrimination in the workplace.
June 2021 guidance from the Department of Education stated that discrimination based on a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity would be considered a violation of Title IX, the 1972 federal law that protects sex discrimination in education.
With her guidance, the Biden administration has partially opposed laws and proposals in a growing number of states aimed at banning transgender girls from participating on women’s sports teams. State attorneys general say that authority over such policies “properly belongs to Congress, the states, and the people.”