Attorney General Todd Rokita notched a victory for common sense and the rule of law on Friday when a U.S. district court barred the Biden administration from enforcing federal “guidance” to coerce schools and employers to kowtow to transgender extremism.
“These bullying tactics by the Biden administration are aimed at circumventing the law,” Attorney General Rokita said. “He is trying to use federal agencies and their armies of bureaucrats to impose a radical leftist ideology on American families nationwide. We won’t let that happen.”
In June of 2021, the Biden administration issued directives through the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that purported to resolve highly controversial issues such as whether schools and employers must allow individuals to use public bathrooms and showers of their choice — regardless of biological sex — and require use of people’s preferred pronouns.
The guidance also pressed schools to allow biological males identifying as female to compete on girls’ sports teams.
As part of a 20-state coalition, Attorney General Rokita sued the Biden administration in August of 2021. Attorney General Rokita expressed gratitude to his colleague Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III for helping organize the coalition.
On Friday, a U.S. district court issued a preliminary injunction against the federal guidance and stated the lawsuit against the Biden administration’s actions demonstrates “a substantial likelihood of success on the merits.”
“Federal agencies don’t make laws,” Attorney General Rokita said. “That authority belongs to Congress at the federal level and to state legislatures such as the Indiana General Assembly.”
Attorney General Rokita is currently defending an Indiana law requiring participants on girls’ sports teams to be biological girls.
“Forcing girls to compete against biological males for spots on women’s sports teams robs them of opportunities to participate in athletics,” he said. “Not only that, but forcing girls to play against biological males endangers their very health and safety. We must follow the science and Hoosier common sense.”