A federal judge has delivered another massive defeat to the Biden administration in its latest ruling against the administration’s unconstitutional proposals.
The Biden administration in its latest proposals was seeking to extend protections for transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender “identities” rather than their biological sex. These proposals also made it easier for transgender athletes to join sports teams as per their gender identities rather than their biological sex.
Unfortunately for the Biden administration, these proposals blocked by Trump-appointed Judge Charles Atchley Jr. from the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The ruling comes as a coalition of 20 Republican Attorney Generals sued the Biden administration for these proposals arguing that the directive would be a direct conflict of interest with state laws and blocked the state’s ability to enforce independent laws related to transgender issues.
Judge Atchley sided with the Republican Attorney General coalition and wrote in his opinion that the states “cannot continue regulating pursuant to their state laws while simultaneously complying with Defendants’ guidance.”
The states also argued that the Biden Administration and its Departments of Justice, Education, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were improperly justifying the transgender bathroom directives with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
Referring to the 2020 case, Clayton County, in Georgia fired its county employee Gerald Bostock for conduct “unbecoming” a county employee shortly after he began participating in a gay recreational softball league. The Supreme Court issued a ruling in 2020, that workplace sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should extend to sexual orientation and gender identity.
The high court says in its ruling that the SCOTUS decision was not deciding if “sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes’ violate Title VII.”
The Supreme Court in Bostock “explicitly refused to decide whether ‘sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes’ violate Title VII,” Judge Atchley wrote in his opinion.
Biden’s Department of Education suggested that the SCOTUS ruling from the Bostock v. Clayton County case should be applied to the sex-segregated bathroom. But unfortunately for them, Judge Atchley ruled it out.
Oklahoma Republican Attorney General John O’Connor who was a part of the 20 Republican Attorney Generals coalition called this ruling “a major victory for women’s sports and for the privacy and safety of girls and women in their school bathrooms and locker rooms.”
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