The College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in April, arguing that the government cannot force a private religious school to place biological males into female dormitories. This was after Biden’s executive order in January, which prevented schools from denying children access to bathrooms of their choosing.
On Wednesday, Judge Roseann Ketchmark of the District Court of Western Missouri ruled that students of the opposite biological sex must be allowed to share shower spaces and dorms at the Christian college in Missouri.
Following the judge’s ruling, Julie Marie Blake, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom:
“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. “The Biden administration’s overreach continues to victimize women, girls, and people of faith by gutting their legal protections, and it must be stopped.”
The college faces six-figure fines if it violates the Biden administration’s order. School administrators said they expected to appeal the judge’s decision: