The submitting got here in a federal lawsuit in Oregon from college students at spiritual faculties who’re suing the federal government for offering funding to colleges with discriminatory insurance policies.
The transfer appears to battle with the Biden administration’s March memo from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division pledging that “[a]ll individuals ought to obtain equal therapy underneath the regulation, regardless of their gender id or sexual orientation,” however it additionally aligns with the DOJ’s responsibility to defend federal legal guidelines.
However as Justice Division attorneys famous within the court docket submitting, “neither the Administration’s said coverage positions nor the Division’s evaluation of present laws abrogate the federal government’s responsibility to defend federal statutes and laws in court docket as a authorized matter.”
The Justice Division didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Within the Oregon case, the submitting made clear that whereas the Biden administration will defend present regulation, the Division of Training is conducting an in depth evaluation of the way it will implement the federal regulation sooner or later, given the administration’s coverage guaranteeing freedom from discrimination within the academic setting.
The federal regulation at concern, a part of Title IX of the Training Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the premise of intercourse in federally assisted education schemes, however permits for a non secular exemption for organizations with spiritual objections.
Attorneys on the Justice Division challenged the assertion from events trying to intervene — Western Baptist College, William Jessup College, and Phoenix Seminary — within the case that the Biden administration would “not defend the Spiritual Exemption as vigorously as Spiritual Faculties.” The Justice Division additionally mentioned that it shared the “similar final goal” because the spiritual events trying to intervene.
Plaintiffs within the case mentioned they’re dismayed by the Justice Division’s choice to defend the regulation.
“My purchasers really feel betrayed by an administration the promised to guard LGBTQ+ college students,” Paul Carlos Southwick, director of the Spiritual Exemption Accountability Venture, mentioned. “The Biden administration didn’t must defend this unconstitutional spiritual exemption, they usually definitely didn’t must say that it ‘shares the identical final goal’ as anti-LGBTQ extremist group Alliance Defending Freedom.”