Twenty state attorneys general, including Kentucky’s Daniel Cameron, are suing the US Department of Agriculture over guidance forbidding discrimination against LGBTQ children in the school lunch program.
As noted by NBC News,
“In May, the USDA announced that it would include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as a violation of Title IX, the sweeping 1972 law that bars sex-based discrimination in ‘any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.’ The directive requires states to review allegations of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as update their policies and signage.”
The attorneys general say that this directive by the USDA is overstepping its authority, and that it can’t tell states to not discriminate without Congress explicitly saying so.
In May, when the guidance was issued, Stacy Dean, a USDA official said, "Whether you are grocery shopping, standing in line at the school cafeteria, or picking up food from a food bank, you should be able to do so without fear of discrimination.”
But Tennessee AG Herbert Slattery and Indiana AG Todd Rokita stated in the lawsuit, “We all know the Biden administration is dead-set on imposing an extreme left-wing agenda on Americans nationwide. But they've reached a new level of shamelessness with this ploy of holding up food assistance for low-income kids unless schools do the Left's bidding.”
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