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Texans Speak Out Against Paxton’s Lawsuit, Abbott’s Order
Posted on April 29, 2024 at 5:04 pm
Monday, April 29, 2024
For Immediate Release

Texans Speak Out Against Paxton’s Lawsuit, Abbott’s Order

Texas Governor & AG move to undercut updated federal civil rights protections for students
Press Contact:
Johnathan Gooch, Equality Texas,, (737) 308-2331
Imelda Mejia, TFN,, 512-212-1758
Austin, TX – This morning Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, announced that he is suing the Department of Education over updates to the Title IX regulations. Title IX is a federal civil rights law designed to protect students in public schools from discrimination. Updates from the Department of Education follow Supreme Court precedent about how to interpret language in civil rights legislation. The updates now explicitly include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Shortly after news of the Attorney General’s suit broke, the Texas Governor weighed in, instructing the Texas Education Agency to ignore the updated Title IX regulations.

Statement from Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas:

“Paxton literally wants to delete whole groups of people from the minimum federal non-discrimination protections. Texans know better than most that this country truly is a melting pot. Every day we come into contact with people who live, work, and pray differently than we do. Civil rights laws create a baseline of respect for our fellow Texans that allows us to peacefully exist with our neighbors.
“Paxton and Abbot want to ignore and undermine federal protections designed to safeguard students and families, including LGBTQIA+ students, survivors of sexual assault, and pregnant students. These kids deserve safe spaces and support”

Statement from Carisa Lopez, Deputy Direct, Texas Freedom Network:

“Gov. Abbott’s order undermines protections for LGBTQIA+ students and uses our public schools as a political battleground. Title IX is intended to prevent discrimination and ensure all students have equal access to education regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
“It’s a shame to all Texans to see our attorney general sue the Biden administration for expanded protections under Title IX. Paxton claims he is suing to ‘protect women,’ yet he has actively worked to strip women of their reproductive freedoms and right to make personal medical decisions about their own bodies. Paxton’s hypocritical actions demonstrate his disregard for women’s equality and autonomy. True advocacy for women’s rights means defending their access to healthcare, not using Title IX as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ students.”