WASHINGTON D.C. — (06-10-21) — The Biden administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has submitted an updated court filing in a case over religious schools’ being exempted to anti-discrimination laws after LGBT activists groups blasted the Biden administration over its previous filing in the case.
In the updated motion filed on Wednesday and shared with JRL CHARTS, shows that the DOJ stressed it will defend the law in court while the policy surrounding the federal law is reviewed by the Department of Education.
“To be sure, the Department of Education is conducting a comprehensive review of its regulations implementing Title IX pursuant to” an executive order from March that “sets forth the current administration’s policy on guaranteeing an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex,” the DOJ said in the filing.
“But until that process is complete, it would be premature to conclude that the government is an inadequate representative.”
This comes after the DOJ said in Tuesday’s filing that they would “vigorously” defend an exemption to anti-LGBT discrimination laws for religious schools amid a lawsuit over funding for such private institutions.
Plaintiffs in the case who are suing the U.S government over the anti-LGBT Federal Law said they felt “betrayed” by the Biden administration.
WTH is going on with Garland?!
“The Justice Department in a court filing Tuesday said it can “vigorously” defend a religious exemption from federal civil rights law that allows federally funded religious schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students.” https://t.co/LBdpG54GA7
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) June 9, 2021
“The administration did not need to defend this unconstitutional religious exemption,” said Paul Southwick, director of the pro-LGBT Religious Exemption Accountability Project (REAP). “My clients feel betrayed by an administration that promised to protect them,” said Southwick.
In the new filing, that line and other language detailing how the administration would approach the case, were removed in the new filing.
In the case of Hunter v. Department of Education, dozens of LGBT students who attend conservative religious schools are suing the federal government for providing funding to colleges and universities that have discriminatory policies in place.
While the DOJ and the Biden administration have continued to show their support of the LGBTQ community over the past 6 months, several GBT groups condemned the DOJ’s decision to defend the law’s religious exemption.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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