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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Rutledge joins seventeen state coalition to fight "gender identity" inclusions in Title IX regulatio

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and 16 other attorneys general are fighting the Biden Administration’s attempt to redefine biological sex to include “gender identity,” thus weakening the protections women have received from Title IX over the last fifty years. Rutledge and the coalition submitted a formal comment letter to the U.S. Department of Education opposing Biden’s radical changes.

“It’s time to stop Biden’s insatiable attack on women’s sports and parental rights,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Title IX plays a critical role in leveling the playing field for women to not only compete — but succeed — in sports.”

Issued in June, the Education Department’s proposed rule infringes on parental rights and conflicts with the text, purpose and longstanding interpretation of Title IX. It would also negatively impact free speech, academic freedom and campus life. The Department’s proposed rule would “federally coerce schools to indoctrinate children into gender identity theories” that might be politically popular among progressive parents yet are “light on scientific corroboration.”

In the proposed rule, a school would not be required to obtain parental consent before pushing “gender affirmation” programs on a child. The school would never have to disclose the child’s participation in the affirmation program to the parents, and even if it did disclose, the school would be required to pursue the program over the parents’ objections.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joins in signing the letter with other attorneys general from Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

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