Tue May 16, 2023 AT 10:10 AM EDT
A group of 22 Republican senators led by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., called on the Biden administration on Monday to withdraw proposed rule changes to Title IX that could prevent states from enforcing bans on transgender athletes competing in sports that don’t correspond to their biological sex at birth.
The Education Department’s proposed rule would allow schools to ban transgender students or nonbinary students from participating in sports on a case-by-case basis. As several GOP-led state legislatures consider bills to ban transgender students from participating on sports teams, the senators argued in a letter sent to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that the creation of Title IX was to ensure fairness in the first place.
“Congress made clear that its intention in passing Title IX was to prohibit discrimination against women participating fully in all aspects of athletic and academic opportunity at institutions that received federal financial assistance,” the senators wrote.
“This proposed rule uses weakly-associated case law and polarizing social concepts to broaden the definition of women and girls to include individuals who identify as women, and in doing so, the intent of the law is destroyed and women are marginalized yet again.” Read Full Story