Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Court Again Refuses To Narrow Injunction Against Title IX Transgender Guidelines

In State of Texas v. United States, (ND TX, Nov. 20, 2016), a Texas federal district court denied defendants' request for a partial stay of the court's previously issued nationwide preliminary injunction against enforcement of Department of Education Title IX Guidelines barring discrimination by schools on the basis of gender identity. This is the second time the court has refused to narrow its preliminary injunction. Defendants had sought removal of non-plaintiff states from the reach of the injunction. The court said in part:
The Court remains convinced that Plaintiffs, not Defendants, have shown a great likelihood of success on the merits of their claims....   The federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of “sex”—the scope and meaning of which Defendants claim now includes gender identity—were promulgated more than forty years ago.... The federal government did not articulate, much less enforce, the Guidelines’ interpretation of sex as including gender identity for nearly fifty years after Title VII was passed in 1964 and the Court views this delay as strong evidence that Defendants will suffer no irreparable injury if a stay is denied and enforcement of the Guidelines delayed until their legality is established.
Liberty Counsel issued a press release announcing the decision.