Biden DOJ updates court filing after LGBTQ advocates blast its stance in religious schools case

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The Biden Justice Department on Wednesday afternoon updated its court filing in a case where it is defending the right of religious schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students after a backlash from critics and a statement from plaintiffs in the case saying they felt “betrayed.”

…The federal law at issue, part of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally assisted education programs, but allows for a religious exemption for organizations with religious objections.

The filing came in a federal lawsuit in Oregon from students at religious schools who are suing the government for providing funding to schools with discriminatory policies. Tuesday, DOJ had said that it will continue to defend it.

…Tuesday’s initial filing seemed to conflict with the Biden administration’s March memo from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division pledging that “[a]ll persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” but it also aligned with the DOJ’s duty to defend federal laws.

The Justice Department did not comment on why it made the change. But this is the latest example of the Justice Department’s positions in court having come under question from critics on the left expecting or anticipating different policies under Biden.

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