Tennessee, Kentucky Argue Against Title IX Rule Changes

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The Center Square [By Jon Styf] –

Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti and Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman argued for an injunction against the Biden administration’s Title IX overhaul in Kentucky federal court.

The two states are joined by Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia in the first lawsuit to be heard on the topic. Overall, 26 states have sued over the Title IX changes.

The rule changes include new definitions for sex discrimination and harassment and require K-12 schools and colleges to allow transgender competitors in women’s sports along with using locker rooms and bathrooms.

“The Biden Administration’s assault on Title IX would end 50 years of protections and fairness,” Coleman said, “Kentucky and Tennessee are leading the national effort in urging the court to block this rule that violates the Constitution and common sense.”

The administration has threatened federal funding for schools that don’t comply with the rule.

The attorneys general argued the new U.S. Department of Education rule violates parental rights, repeals free speech protections and undermines due process.

“We don’t want our schools and universities wasting money preparing to enforce a rule that may well be struck down,” Skrmetti said. “While we fight over the rule’s constitutionality, the money that would be spent on retraining and compliance to implement radical gender ideology could instead go toward educating our kids.”

About the Author: Jon Styf, The Center Square Staff Reporter – Jon Styf is an award-winning editor and reporter who has worked in Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan in local newsrooms over the past 20 years, working for Shaw Media, Hearst and several other companies. Follow Jon on Twitter @JonStyf.

2 thoughts on “Tennessee, Kentucky Argue Against Title IX Rule Changes

  • June 13, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    It is time our AG understands that the states and the people of the states are the final arbiter of the Constitution. The federal government which includes the Supreme Court is NOT the final arbiter of what is or is not constitutional. There is no need for TN to take the feds to court. All we do is simply invoke our right of nullification and simply just refuse to comply. We have a bunch of constitutionally illiterates running this state.

  • June 16, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds like an efficient strategy for denial! The lawyers will argue they are getting cut out of the equation. That’s exactly the point!


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