A federal judge in Tennessee has temporarily blocked Biden administration directives allowing transgender workers and students to use bathrooms and locker rooms and join sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. Instead, they will now have to use the ones for their actual gender.
Judge Charles Atchley Jr. of the Eastern District of Tennessee ruled on Friday that the administration’s directives would make it impossible for some states to enforce laws on transgender athletes’ participation in girls’ sports and access to bathrooms.
Atchley agreed with that, writing in his order that the states “cannot continue regulating pursuant to their state laws while simultaneously complying with Defendants’ guidance.”
The Justice Department, the Department of Education, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are defendants in the lawsuit. None immediately replied to requests for comment on Saturday. The three had requested that Atchley dismiss the states’ lawsuit, a motion the judge denied in his Friday ruling.
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