Ohio joins a lawsuit against the Biden administration over gender discrimination protections

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined 21 other states Thursday suing the Biden Administration over policy updates to Title IX and food assistance programs for schools.

Attorney General Dave Yost stand behind a podium
[Karen Kasler | Statehouse News Bureau]
The updates prohibit discrimination of gender identity and sexual orientation. They will require schools receiving food benefits, like SNAP, to investigate discrimination complaints and update its policies.

If schools fail to do so, they could lose funding from those benefits. Yost claims these changes are illegal.

“Title IX does not extend to the things that they want to do,” he said. “They just don’t have the authority.”

Yost adds that states were not given the opportunity to provide input

“They did not act properly under the administrative procedure act and we think there are fatal flaws here,” he said.

In a letter from May, Yost and other attorneys general asked the Biden administration to withdraw the new policy.

Tennessee and Indiana is leading the lawsuit and the attorney generals from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia have joined the lawsuit in addition to Ohio.