Title IX Legal ToolKit
Updated February 14, 2024
A final ruling on the Biden Administration's proposed changes to Title IX, which would undermine the protections currently afforded to women and girls under the federal law, was sent to the White House on February 2, 2024, for review. The proposed rule, deceptively titled, "Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance," would force academic institutions to expand the scope of Title IX to include sexual orientation and gender identity. A separate but related proposed rule titled, "Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance: Sex-Related Eligibility Criteria for Male and Female Athletic Teams" would specifically require schools to accept biological male athletes identifying as girls on female athletic teams. Both of these proposed rules would set a dangerous precedent of expanding unbridled administrative regulatory authority that circumvents the power otherwise accorded to Congress regarding federal lawmaking under the U.S. Constitution.
Although the Biden Administration initially announced back in December that it would finalize changes to Title IX by March 2024, the Department of Education (ED) received thousands of public comments, including those at the promptings of Citizens Defending Freedom, that contributed to significant delays in its implementation. This is because implementation hinges on the regulatory approval process which, pursuant to Executive Order 12866, entails the submission and review of a final rule to the Office for Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) housed within the Office for Management and Budget (OMB). Under Executive Order 12866, the OIRA's review period is limited to 90 days, with no minimum time period allotted for review. However, as expressed on the OIRA's website, "the review period may be extended indefinitely by the head of the rulemaking agency; alternatively, the OMB Director may extend the review period on a one-time basis for no more than 30 days." As such, in certain cases, an additional 30 days may be granted in addition to the 90 days afforded for review. Accordingly, it could take up to 120 days upon the Proposed Rule’s submission to the OMB/OIRA before a final rule is rolled out.
In consideration of this process, in light of the final rule's submission and following 3-6 months of review by the OIRA, we should we expect the arrival of the final rule to be slated anywhere between May-August of 2024. After this point, any enforcement deadline may be given between 60-90 days upon the publication of the final rule. Thus, be on the lookout for a final rule in spring 2024, at the earliest, and the end of summer 2024 at the latest.
In the meantime, CDF will be monitoring the regulatory process closely and tracking any related developments, so be sure to check back to this site regularly for the latest updates should there be any changes to the tentative timeline.
American Library Association
Updated February 2023
Following the election of the new American Library Association (ALA)’s President with the proclaimed goal of “queering” the library field, these resources seek to equip, educate, and empower citizens in calling for the termination of and divestment from any membership or affiliation with the ALA and its state-chapters, including the Florida Library Association (FLA), Texas Library Association (TLA), and Georgia Library Association (GLA).
These resources also strive to raise awareness towards how submitting to the ALA’s authority is the equivalent of endorsing the use of taxpayer dollars to support an institution that, in openly embracing cultural Marxism, critical race theory, and gender ideology, has created barriers for people of faith and other concerned citizens who find the ALA’s progressive agenda to be inconsistent with America’s biblical founding and Judeo-Christian ideals.
Religious Liberty for Faith-Based Organizations in Federal Grants and Awards
On October 5, 2023, the Biden Administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) proposed a new federal rule which would require those receiving federal grant moneys to comply with the faulty idea that gender is fluid or else face the chance of losing federal grant support.
What’s more, the proposed rule intentionally removes religious liberty protections in the administration of Federal grants and awards. This would directly impact faith-based organizations who currently use grants to offer vital community services such as feeding the homeless, running foster homes and adoption services, and providing support to victims of domestic violence.
"The Law of Nature and Nature's God" Explained
Citizens Defending Freedom upholds values rooted in the Laws of Nature and Nature's God, as articulated in the Declaration of Independence. In this video, Cornerstone's The 3322 Project offers a detailed exploration of the profound significance of this phrase, which not only played a primary role in justifying America's declaration of independence but also laid the groundwork for our governance and laws. Explore the enduring importance of understanding the Laws of Nature and Nature's God for the ongoing preservation of freedom and justice.