Nashville-In a federal lawsuit filed by Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and the attorneys general of 19 other states, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee barred the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce new, expanded and illegal advice on federal anti-discrimination laws. The guidelines now imposed have attempted to force schools to allow biological men to compete on girls’ sports teams, ban gender-segregated showers and locker rooms, and require individuals to use biologically inaccurate preferred pronouns.
“The district court correctly recognized that the federal government had placed Tennessee and other states in an impossible situation: to choose between the threat of legal consequences, including the suspension of federal funding, or the modification of our laws. state to comply. Keep in mind that these transformative new rules were crafted without you, without your elected leaders in Congress having a say, as required by law,” said Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III. “We are grateful that the Court has put an end to it, maintained the status quo as the trial progresses, and reminded the federal government that it cannot order its agencies to rewrite the law.”
The following states have joined Tennessee in the lawsuit: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.
To read the District Court’s decision, click here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/attorneygeneral/documents/pr/2022/pr22-23-order.pdf
#22-23: District Court Rules: The Feds Cannot Force Tennessee and 19 Other States to Allow Biological Males to Compete on Women’s Sports Teams and Use Girls’ Showers/Locker Rooms