A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that male and female students mus be allowed to share shower spaces and dorms at a Christian college in Missouri.
Judge Roseann Ketchmark ruled against the College of the Ozarks, a Christian college that sued the Biden administration over its transgender discrimination policies.
The college argued President Joe Biden’s executive order that prevented schools from denying children access to restrooms of their choosing opposed their convictions.
Biden signed an executive order during the first days of his presidency called the “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.
The order requires schools must give students the option to access restrooms, sports, or locker rooms of their own choosing.
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” the president said concerning his order.
Beliefs Should Not Be Punished
“Women shouldn’t be forced to share private spaces, including showers and dorm rooms with males, and religious schools shouldn’t be punished simply because of their beliefs about biological sex.”
Julie Marie Blake, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), shared the announcement with reporters following the ruling, according to the Western Journal.
“The Biden administration’s overreach continues to victimize women, girls and people of faith by gutting their legal protections, and it must be stopped,” she continued.
The college could face fines of $100,000 or more for violations of the order.
The Battle Is Not Over
“While we are disappointed in today’s ruling, we expect to appeal so that schools are not forced to open girls dorms to males and violate their religious beliefs,” College of the Ozarks Chief Communications Officer Valerie Coleman said at the Wednesday press conference, according to Newsmax.
“We will continue to fight,” she said.
The decision could have strong consequences to the many faith-based colleges and universities across the nation.