Montana leads 14 other states in threatening to pursue legal action against the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to “protect the integrity of women’s sports.”
A letter addressed to the Civil Rights Division of the Biden Education Department, penned by Montana Atty. Gen. Austin Knudsen and signed by the attorneys general of 14 other states, reads, “We are prepared to take legal action to uphold Title IX’s plain meaning and safeguard the integrity of women’s sports.
The letter also said that they are “alarmed about the Department of Education’s intent to propose new regulations implementing Title IX” and claimed that the department “has failed to provide sufficient justification for engaging in a new rule-making.”
“We therefore urge the Department to halt its effort and not disturb the current Title IX regulations,” the letter goes on to say. “The Department should also not illegally re-write Title IX to include gender identity. Make the right choice for the rule of law as well as students, parents, teachers and schools.”
Apart from Knudsen, the letter was signed by the attorneys general of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas.
“We are also concerned that an interpretation of Title IX that goes beyond sex to include gender identity has and will be used by to improperly intrude into parental decision-making regarding the education and upbringing of their children,” the letter added. “An interpretation of Title IX that supports such radical positions runs contrary to the role of the Department of Education, the text of Title IX, and parents’ constitutional right to decide what is in the best interests of their children.”
Back in March, Pres. Joe Biden signed an order, outlining plans that would review Title IX regulations in connection to gender identity.
The White House released a statement, saying: “The Executive Order charged the Department of Education with reviewing the significant rates at which students who identify as LGBTQ+ are subject to sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The Department of Education has announced that it intends to propose amendments to its Title IX regulations this year.”
On the other hand, a spokesperson for the Department of Education released a statement via Fox News Digital, stating that it is “committed to ensuring that schools are providing students with educational environments free from discrimination which is a goal we hope all educators and leaders share.”
“In line with this goal and as the Department has previously stated, the Department anticipates updating Title IX regulations this spring,” the statement went on to say.
This split between the current administration and the attorneys general of the said 15 states follows Republicans from across the country attempting to push back against states and educational institutions that have allowed people who were born male but “identify” as female to compete against biologically female student-athletes.