A federal district judge in Oregon said on October 8 that Alliance Defending Freedom and three Christian universities can intervene to defend a lawsuit that seeks to end religious exemptions under Title IX, which protects equal access to education for men and women.
The Department of Justice had previously argued in June that it could defend the Title IX religious exemptions, a decision that drew criticism from the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, the LGBT legal group behind the lawsuit.
Judge Ann Aiken said in her decision that “Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary” and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, represented by conservative legal nonprofit ADF, could intervene. The universities want to protect their ability to keep separate dorms and locker rooms and other single-sex policies.
President Joe Biden’s DOJ is currently in a legal battle with the College of the Ozarks over its single-sex dorm room policy.
The decision to allow the universities to intervene is important because it protects the religious freedom rights of the colleges, ADF said.
“Among other things, Title IX allows students to use federal financial aid at private religious schools that operate according to their beliefs,” the legal group said in a news release.
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Source: College Fix