Fifteen states urge Biden administration to keep ‘gender identity’ out of Title IX overhaul

President Biden is on a collision course with red states on civil rights and gender identity, and Republican attorneys general want the administration to hit the brakes before a courtroom crash.

Fifteen GOP state attorneys general urged the Education Department to abandon its plan to redefine biological sex to include gender identity under Title IX, the federal civil rights statute governing gender equality in education, warning that they would take legal action to protect state laws on parental rights in the classroom and in interscholastic sports.

The anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking would “plainly exceed the department’s rulemaking under Title IX,” said the Tuesday letter to Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary of education for civil rights. Montana state Attorney General Austin Knudsen took the lead in writing the letter.

“Several of our states have enacted legislation to protect athletic opportunities for women
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