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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Tuesday lambasted a preliminary injunction against a Morgan County school district that compelled him on the basis of nondiscrimination to allow a transgender student to use the corresponding bathroom. to their gender identity.
The attorney general filed an amicus brief on Tuesday, which is a legal document that offers additional information by someone who is not a party to a lawsuit; he argued for the Martinsville School District’s “right” to restrict restrooms on the basis of biological sex. The amicus added that Title IX “expressly authorizes sex-separated washrooms” and requires equal opportunity based solely on sex, not gender identity.
“Boys’ washrooms are for boys and girls’ washrooms are for girls,” the attorney general said in a statement. “I realize this concept is hard for lefties who hate America to understand, but most Hoosiers are rightly perplexed that we even need to uphold such common sense.”
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled the district violated Title IX, which protects people from gender discrimination in federally funded schools, requiring her to allow the student to use the boys’ toilets. The school district then appealed the case to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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“The Court should reverse the district court’s decision and set aside the preliminary injunction,” said the amicus brief, which was filed by Indiana and 20 other states. “Contrary to this injunction, Title IX expressly authorizes gender-segregated restrooms…To hold otherwise, the district court erred because it both relied on a case that applied an incorrect standard that has since been repealed and ignored precedents deeming gender-segregated toilets permitted.”
“Title IX concerns the prohibition of discrimination based on sex and… [is] not subject to constant redefinition over time, let alone individualized subjective assessment,” he said.
The lawsuit was originally filed by the ACLU of Indiana against John R. Wooden Middle School on behalf of the transgender student who was unable to use the boys’ bathroom.
“He was officially diagnosed with gender dysphoria, which is the diagnosis of a transgender person who is struggling because the world doesn’t treat the person, in this case, as a man,” said Ken Falk, director Legal from the ACLU of Indiana. , said. “Denying transgender students the ability to use their school restrooms in accordance with their gender identity violates both the Constitution and federal law.”
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According to court documents, the transgender high school student realized the sex he was assigned at birth was incorrect when he was 8 years old, local news outlet said.
“Opening boys’ and girls’ restrooms to students of the opposite biological sex threatens the privacy and safety of all students,” Rokita said. “There is no law forcing schools to take this dangerous route. There is no compelling precedent that Title IX or the Equal Protection Clause means that schools must allow students to use any restroom they choose.”
Fox News Digital contacted the ACLU of Indiana for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.