Changing a definition, doesn’t make it true…

March 31

Dear Friends,

Within in the coming days, the U.S. Department of Education will issue its proposed rule on Title IX. This proposed rule will redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. We need you on alert.

What is Title IX?

The Title IX regulations impose important legal obligations on school districts, colleges, and universities, requiring a prompt response to reports of sexual harassment. It is meant to improve the clarity and transparency of the requirements for how schools must respond to sexual harassment under Title IX so that every complainant receives appropriate support, respondents are treated as responsible only after receiving due process and fundamental fairness, and school officials serve impartially without bias for or against any party.

The original intent of Title IX when it was implemented in 1972, was to open the doors for educational opportunity to women and to protect against sexual harassment. Over the years, however, this regulation has been distorted and the clarity and transparency of the original intent has been lost. The definition of “sex” recognized the biological differences between man and woman and offered protections based on those biological differences.

The Proposed Rule

The proposed rule on Title IX will change the definition of “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “sexual identity”. Once again, a government entity is trying to change the definition of “sex.” Changing this definition will only serve to bring about more distorted interpretations of the regulation, minimizing focus on biological protections and increasing focus on perceived orientations or identities.

Unlike the infamous Obama 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter,” this proposed rule will be worse if it is implemented and will have much stronger enforcement capabilities which will ultimately serve to diminish the original intent and further distort the interpretation of this regulation.

We need you

We need New Mexico voices to help slow or even stop the implementation of this proposed rule. The rule could be proposed any day now – or could be delayed further. When it is proposed, we will issue an action alert that will allow your voice to be heard.

There will be more details to come. Will you join us in prayer and action?

Standing Firm,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director