Headline RoundupJune 12th, 2024

Federal Judge Strikes Down Biden Admin Guidance on Title IX Protections for LGBTQ+ Students

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A federal judge in Texas threw out guidance from the Biden administration, which stated that Title IX's prohibition of sex discrimination also covers gender identity and sexual orientation. 

The Details: Federal law Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational institutions that receive federal funds. This Texas ruling states that the law does not provide grounds for the Department of Education to define discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor argued that distinctions can be made based on biological sex when considering privacy facilities and athletic teams, accusing the Biden administration of pushing “an agenda wholly divorced from the text, structure, and contemporary context of Title IX.” 

For Context: The U.S. Department of Education issued this guidance in June 2021, interpreting a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision which found that a different ban on sex discrimination encompassed these protections. Supporters say this helps protect transgender people from discrimination; critics argue that the department's interpretation was misguided.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage initially appeared unusually similar for an otherwise-controversial issue. Some articles centered around Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office brought the lawsuit. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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