Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit (Students and Parents for Privacy versus United States Department of Education) last week on behalf of 63 minor high-school girls in Illinois. The lawsuit is filed against the US Department of Education and the school district where the girls attend school and has ramifications for Wisconsin.
WHAT THE LAWSUIT DOES: The lawsuit targets the U.S. Department of Education’s rules that unlawfully redefines the terms of the Federal Title IX program and illegitimately forces schools to open public school restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex in violation of student privacy and safety.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom:
The district secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorizes schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms. The lawsuit, filed by families representing 73 parents and 63 students, contends that the DOE is unlawfully redefining the terms of Title IX, something that only Congress can alter, and is illegitimately forcing its political will on school districts.
On this week’s edition of Home Front, WFA president Julaine Appling discusses this issue and what the fallout for students in the state of Wisconsin could be.
“This issue is not going away; the media and the culture will ensure that. It’s going to get worse. It’s time to do something about it and that’s exactly what these 63 girls are doing. God bless them,” says Appling, “Instead of sitting back and being steamrolled by the U.S. Department of Education and the hyperbolic and ruthless LGBT lobby, these 63 girls from Palatine, Illinois are standing up for their rights.”
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WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH WISCONSIN?
“Because this lawsuit is filed in Illinois, its ultimate outcome will directly affect us here in Wisconsin,” explains Appling, “It is filed in the northern district of the federal court in Illinois. Once that court makes it’s decision (either in favor of the girls or in favor of the Department of Education), the decision will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in Chicago, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Illinois, Indiana and, yes, Wisconsin.
“Any ruling that comes out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Will affect Wisconsin. Of course, any appeals will also be challenged and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be asked to take up this issue.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Pray for the families involved.
- Pray for the legal team that will present the case in writing and in oral arguments before the court.
- Pray for the judge who will hear the case first in the district court.
Julaine Appling issues this final message, “I hope you as a Christian are absolutely incensed by this entire situation. If you are not, I beg you to ask yourself if you aren’t just the frog in the pot of hot water slowly being boiled without even realizing it. This situation ought to be of great concern to all of us. We know this is not in student’s best interests.”