Victory for women and girls: Federal judge sides with Louisiana and strikes down Joe Biden’s assault on Title IX

A federal judge has sided with Louisiana Attorney General Liz Murrill and the State of Louisiana, issuing a preliminary injunction against President Joe Biden’s Department of Education’s new Title IX rules.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry Doughty issued the injunction today, siding with plaintiff states, agreeing that the rule is unlawful.

The preliminary injunction applies to the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho. More than 17 Louisiana school districts joined our lawsuit to protect women and girls.

This injunction prevents the new rules from going into effect pending further review by the district court.
These illegal new rules would have applied burdensome requirements on nearly every school, college, and university in Louisiana and across the nation. This would have deprived women and girls of the equal educational opportunities they struggled for decades to secure, and cost states billions of dollars to implement. The new rules would have also violated First Amendment rights for students and teachers, and could prompt Louisiana school districts to lose Title IX funding, and possibly face numerous lawsuits.

“This a victory for women and girls. When Joe Biden forced his illegal and radical gender ideology on America, Louisiana said NO! Along with Idaho, Mississippi, and Montana, states are fighting back in defense of the law, the safety and prosperity of women and girls, and basic American values,” said Attorney General Liz Murrill.

In his ruling, Judge Doughty confirmed that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in showing that the rule violates Title IX, the First Amendment, and the Spending Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Louisiana was the first state to file a lawsuit challenging the 2024 Rule, and this is the first federal court decision striking it down.