June 17, 2021

C of O files second injunction against Biden Directive

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Attorneys for College of the Ozarks have filed another appeal to stop the Directive

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Attorneys for College of the Ozarks have filed another appeal to stop a directive from the Biden Administration about the opening of sex-specific dorms to members of the opposite sex.

The directive would open dorms to people who simply identify themselves as male or female, instead of their actual biological sex.

According to a release from the college, it states, "The Administration's rule change forces religious schools to violate their beliefs by opening up female dorms to biological males and male dorms to biological females, or face fines of up to six figures, punitive damages, and attorney fees&Quot;.

HUD's reinterpretation of "sex" in the Fair Housing Act comes in light of President Biden's Executive Order titled, "Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation", signed in January 2021.

A Federal Judge recently rejected the college's motion for an injunction and temporary restraining order. The college argues such motions would have offered "temporary protection" while the court case is pending.

The current appeal was filed last week by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the group representing Cof O in this case, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

The group argues on the school's behalf that this directive forces Christian Schools like C of O to go against their beliefs in opening up dorms and bathrooms to members of both sexes.

The suit argues that the Directive exceeds the Administration's authority and violates the constitutionally protected freedom of College of the Ozarks and similar religious institutions to operate consistently with their religious beliefs.

Thanks to Hometown Daily News for this article.