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Federal court blocks enforcement of Biden rules that threaten women’s sports

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TOPEKA – (July 18, 2022) – A federal district court has issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Biden administration from enforcing its new, expansive and unlawful applications of federal law to transgender athletes and related matters of gender identity, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Late Friday, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee granted an injunction sought by Schmidt and 19 other state attorneys general halting enforcement of guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Education against the plaintiff states. The guidance purports to resolve highly controversial issues, such as whether schools must allow biological males to compete on girls’ sports teams, whether employers and schools may maintain sex-separated showers and locker rooms, and whether individuals may be compelled by the government to use another person’s preferred pronouns.

Schmidt said the federal court correctly recognized that the Biden administration was illegally attempting to expand the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. The Bostock decision was narrowly focused on employment discrimination and did not address any of the issues covered by the EEOC and Department of Education guidance related to Title IX and Title VII.

“The federal court has recognized this illegal overreach by the Biden administration to unilaterally resolve these sensitive questions that are better addressed by elected representatives,” Schmidt said. “It is clear that the administration is determined to make sweeping one-size-fits-all policy changes without public comment or proper notice.”

Schmidt said the guidance from the federal agencies would in effect invalidate state laws across the country and could preclude states from legislating on certain subjects, such as separating sporting competitions by biological sex.

Earlier this year, the Kansas Legislature passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Although that bill was vetoed by the governor, Kansas and the plaintiff states are fighting to ensure that federal bureaucrats cannot distort federal law to take these types of policy decisions away from elected officials in Kansas.

The federal court injunction prohibits enforcement of the guidelines in Kansas and 19 other states that filed the lawsuit. A copy of the federal court order is available at https://bit.ly/3uTCb2k.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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