Tuesday, June 15, 2021

College Seeks Injunction Pending Appeal To 8th Circuit In Suit Against HUD's Transgender Policy On Student Housing

In February of this year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a Directive interpreting the Fair Housing Act as barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This meant, among other things, that colleges could not discriminate against transgender individuals in access to student housing. College of the Ozarks filed suit challenging the Directive as a violation of its religious freedom rights. (See prior posting.) A Missouri federal district court refused to issue a TRO or a preliminary injunction, denied an injunction pending appeal, and dismissed the case as non-justiciable on the ground that the Directive is a non-binding policy statement.  Now the College has filed a motion with the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking an injunction pending appeal. The School of the Ozarks, Inc. v. Biden, (8th Cir., filed 6/11/2021). (Full text of memorandum in support of the motion.) ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the motion.