PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block protections provided by the Biden administration for transgender students in public schools.
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's office did not immediately return an email request seeking comment. The state is listed, along with 19 others, in court papers filed in federal court in Tennessee.
Earlier this summer, Biden's Department of Education signaled intent to extend federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ persons, including access in schools and workplaces for transgender individuals to bathrooms aligned to their gender identity The Equal Employment Office made a similar determination.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that "sex" discriminations in the workplace extended to transgender individuals.
But the lawsuit alleges that the Biden administration is overextending the ruling to also include federal Title IX programs, including athletics.
South Dakota was one of many states to consider banning transgender individuals from participating in secondary and post-secondary athletics during the 2021 legislative session. Ultimately, Gov. Kristi Noem issued an amendatory veto on House Bill 1217, effectively blocking the law from taking effect.