Fifty-one public school families in Illinois filed a lawsuit this week over a school policy that lets biological males who claim to be female use the girl’s restrooms and locker rooms, according to attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom.
The suit was prompted by actions by the federal Department of Education and the school district. The federal Department of Education has begun claiming Title IX’s provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education actually apply to gender-identity.
As a result, the federal government is trying to force public schools to let students use the restroom or locker room of their choice rather than the restroom or locker room of their biological sex.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit today, Students and Parents for Privacy v. United States Department of Education, on behalf of 51 Palatine-area families against the US Department of Education and Township High School District 211. The lawsuit targets U.S. Department of Education rules that unlawfully redefine terms of Title IX and illegitimately force schools to open public school restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex in violation of student privacy and safety.
“No government agency can unilaterally redefine the meaning of a federal law to serve its own political ends,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “The Department of Education is exceeding what it is legally and constitutionally allowed to do. In fact, at least five other federal and state courts have rejected the DOE’s interpretation of Title IX.”
The message all of this sends is clear: Public schools who go along with the federal government’s misguided, radical agenda could face a very serious lawsuit.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.