7.5.24 – Epoch Times

“Federal Court Blocks Title IX Expansion To Include Gender Identity in Texas and Montana”

By Matt McGregor


When Obama was President, he got rid of the 2010 ACA/HHS wording of “sex -- male and female” and changed it to “gender identity” defined as “one’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female.”  Obama also had the term “intersex traits” added to the ACA/HHS wording.  

When Trump became President in 2017, he returned the government’s interpretation to the plain meaning of the word “sex” as “male or female as determined by biology.”

Now Biden and his HHS are trying to go back to Obama’s damaging definitions. 

Happily for our country, U. S. Federal Judges are stepping up and striking down the Biden administration’s faulty Title IX revisions



Excerpts from this article:

Federal Court Blocks Title IX Expansion to Include Gender Identity in Texas and Montana | The Epoch Times


A district judge [U. S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle] has granted Texas and Montana’s request for a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s attempt “to impose a sweeping new social policy” that allows for Title IX coverage for gender identity


The ruling follows others in which federal judges have brought Title IX revisions to a halt.


In the most recent decision, U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can’t force state health care providers to fund gender-affirming care by threatening them with the loss of federal funding.


In May 2024, HHS issued a statement on its Final Rule, which expanded the definition of Title IX protections in 2016 to include “discrimination based on the basis of gender identity” to fit in with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 


Title IX was initially established in 1972 to protect women from discrimination in public education.


When Congress enacted the ACA in 2010, no agency—or court—had ever interpreted ‘on the basis of sex’ to mean ‘on the basis of gender identity,’ Judge Kernodle wrote. “But in 2016, HHS began to do so, issuing a rule purporting to implement Section 1557 and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘gender identity.’” 


Texas and Montana, two states that exclude gender-affirming care procedures from their Medicaid programs and prohibit doctors from performing them on minors, sued HHS, arguing that the federal health department has no authority to mandate that the states adhere to these revisions.


HHS said in its statement that the regulations were updated to prevent “dehumanizing beliefs” surrounding medical treatments and conditions such as gender dysphoria.


“The Department [Biden’s HHS] will approach gender dysphoria as it would any other disorder or condition,” HHS said in its Final Rule. “If a disorder or condition affects one or more body systems, it may be considered a physical or mental impairment.”


Judge Kernodle wrote in his order that the Final Rule proposes an “absurd” policy in that health care entities are prohibited from limiting services exclusive to one sex, such as providing a prostate exam.


The Final Rule [under Biden’s HHS] would also allow men who identify as females to be allowed in “FEMALE-EXCLUSIVE FACILITIES, INCLUDING SHARED HOSPITAL ROOMS.”


The [Biden’s HHS] Final Rule also affects health insurance coverage such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Judge Kernodle wrote.


“As applied to state-sponsored insurance plans like Medicaid and CHIP [Children’s Health Insurance Program], the Final Rule [Biden’s HHS] has the effect of requiring states to pay for ‘transition’ and other ‘gender-affirming’ procedures,” he said.


As in other rulings on this issue, the primary reason for Judge Kernodle’s decision was that the states demonstrated that they would face irreparable financial harm by failing to comply with HHS’s rule.


Both states [Texas and Montana] receive billions in federal funding, he wrote, which would “likely be withheld for violating the Final Rule,” he wrote.


“The loss of such funding for Medicaid and CHIP would devastate these programs and their beneficiaries,” Judge Kernodle wrote.



On July 3, U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. for the Southern District of Mississippi also ruled that HHS couldn’t enforce its reinterpretation of Title IX protections to include gender identity.


Plaintiffs in up to 15 states, including Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi, filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Mississippi.


Judge Gurioloa said the plaintiffs have proven that they would “incur substantial costs” by losing federal funding if they didn’t comply with the Final Rule, which was the deciding factor in his order


Other rulings include Kansas v. U.S. Department of Education, in which a federal judge ruled that the Department of Education couldn’t impose its redefinition of sex to include gender identity and sexual orientation.