When President Nixon signed Title IX into law back in 1972, it expressly prohibited federally funded school programs from discriminating on the basis of sex.
You may even recall that Title IX was eventually applied to boys and girl athletics, mandating schools to distribute funds equally among both programs.
Of course, gender equity is always a good thing.
But a recent court ruling threatens to radically change the way Title IX is interpreted going forward. And that could very well affect your children and your children’s children.
Read the article from The Daily Signal, and find out what Judge Paul Niemeyer calls “an unaccountable agency… remaking bathroom policy across our nation.”
The Fourth Circuit Court ruled today against a Virginia school district that sought to accommodate a transgender student while also protecting the privacy rights of other students.
The federal court concluded that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972—which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—should be interpreted as prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, as a Department of Education letter suggested in 2015. The ruling allows a lawsuit brought by a transgender student to proceed.
The case involves a biological girl who identifies as a boy. The court’s majority explains it this way: “G.G.’s birth-assigned sex, or so-called ‘biological sex,’ is female, but G.G.’s gender identity is male.” Note the scare quotes around what the court calls “so-called ‘biological sex.’” Biological sex, in fact, is precisely what Congress protected in 1972.
In a stinging dissent, Judge Paul Niemeyer points out that “the majority’s opinion, for the first time ever, holds that a public high school may not provide separate restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of biological sex.” It’s hard to imagine that that’s what Congress was prohibiting when it enacted Title IX in 1972.
Indeed, the court’s ruling goes against human history, practice, and common sense. Niemeyer explains:
This holding completely tramples on all universally accepted protections of privacy and safety that are based on the anatomical differences between the sexes. … schools would no longer be able to protect physiological privacy as between students of the opposite biological sex.
This unprecedented holding overrules custom, culture, and the very demands inherent in human nature for privacy and safety, which the separation of such facilities is designed to protect. More particularly, it also misconstrues the clear language of Title IX and its regulations. And finally, it reaches an unworkable and illogical result.
Go to the The Daily Signal to get the rest of the article.
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