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Florida Gov. DeSantis claims Biden violates parents’ rights and abuses his authority, says “No” to federal regulations


Florida – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has made a definitive stand against the Biden administration’s recent adjustments to Title IX, emphasizing a strict non-compliance stance that aligns with actions taken by other Republican-led states such as Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Florida Gov. DeSantis claims Biden violates parents' rights and abuses his authority, says "No" to federal regulations

Rejection of Federal Regulations

During a recent address released on the social platform X, Governor DeSantis expressed his firm opposition to the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX, which now includes protections for transgender students under its scope of sex-based discrimination.

“Florida rejects [President Biden’s] attempt to rewrite Title IX,” DeSantis declared. “We will not comply, and we will fight back.”

The governor expressed concerns that these changes would adversely affect women’s sports and parental rights, specifically opposing the integration of transgender women into women’s sports.

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“We are not gonna let Joe Biden try to inject men into women’s activities,” DeSantis stated. This statement mirrors his actions from 2021 when he signed a bill that prohibited transgender female athletes from competing on high-school girls’ and college women’s sports teams, highlighting a consistent approach to such policy matters.

“We are not gonna let Joe Biden abuse his constitutional authority to try to impose these policies on us here in Florida,” DeSantis added.

Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody, has also voiced strong objections to these regulations, describing them as a destruction of protections historically afforded to women and a betrayal by the current administration. She has vowed to bring these concerns to court, reinforcing the state’s commitment to legally contest the federal changes.

Following the governor’s directive, Florida’s education commissioner has advised superintendents and school districts to delay implementing any of the suggested alterations pending further instructions. This move underscores the state’s intent to resist the federal guidelines until a more definitive resolution is reached.

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National and Local Response

The Biden administration argues that the revisions to Title IX will foster safer and more inclusive educational environments. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona emphasized that the changes aim to “clarify that all our nation’s students can access schools that are safe, welcoming, and respect their rights.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), along with local partners like Equality Florida, has previously issued travel advisories highlighting the risks posed by Florida’s policies towards the LGBTQ community. “Taken in their totality, Florida’s slate of laws and policies targeting basic freedoms and rights pose significant risk to the health and safety of many considering relocation and/or temporary travel to the state,” the HRC and Equality Florida travel advisory reads. These advisories and criticisms reflect broader concerns about the state’s legislative direction under Governor DeSantis.

Implications of Non-Compliance

While Governor DeSantis did not specify the exact measures the state will undertake to resist the Title IX changes, the strong statements from both his office and the Attorney General suggest that Florida will pursue all available legal avenues.

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This battle is not just about sports or educational policies but is also emblematic of the ongoing national debate over the rights of transgender individuals and the balance of state versus federal authority.

As these Title IX changes are set to take effect in early August, the coming months are likely to see heightened legal activities and public discourse. Florida’s firm stance could potentially lead to significant legal and political showdowns, impacting not only the state but possibly setting precedents for how similar issues are handled nationwide.

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