Supporters of LGBTQ rights stage a protest on the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2019. A judge in Tennessee on Friday, July 15, 2022, has temporarily barred two federal agencies from enforcing directives issued by President Joe Biden’s administration that extended protections for LGBTQ people in schools and workplaces.

Manuel Balce Ceneta, Associated Press

A federal judge in Tennessee has temporarily blocked directives from the Biden administration that aim to increase protections for LGBTQ employees and students.

U.S. District Judge Charles Atchley Jr. issued a temporary injunction in favor of 20 state attorneys general who sued last August, arguing the directives interfere with states’ rights to enact and enforce their own laws.

The injunction prevents federal agencies from enforcing the guidance until the issue can be settled by the courts.

The directives issued by the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seek to protect students and employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The guidance comes from the agencies’ interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX.

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Atchley, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, wrote in agreement with the states’ attorneys general, saying the states have already seen harm caused to their sovereign power to enforce their legal codes, and the guidance puts “substantial pressure” on states …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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