We’ve long said that Republican lawmakers would fight to be the one to deny gruel to Oliver Twist, and know they are proving us right.
Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia (phew!) filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement in May that discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation will now be considered a violation of Title IX (the 1972 law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance).
“Joe Biden and his administration are obsessed with imposing their extremist sexual politics on the people of our great nation, adults and children alike,” said [Alabama] Attorney General Marshall. “Their latest plan is to hold schoolchildren’s food hostage unless their schools submit to the left’s radical ‘gender identity’ agenda. This immoral and illegal scheme cannot stand.”
You know, Marshall, you could just say, “Oh, OK. We won’t discriminate against any kids,” but where’s the fun in that?
The Alabama AG’s office pointed out that “The National School Lunch Program services nearly 30 million schoolchildren each day, many of whom rely on it for breakfast, lunch, or both. Approximately 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions receive federal funding to provide subsidized free or reduced-price meals for qualifying children.”
Marshall’s team says the new guidance “imposes new and unlawful regulatory measures on state agencies and operators receiving federal financial assistance from the USDA and thus threatens essential nutritional services for Alabama’s most vulnerable children.”
So instead of complying with it, nearly half the states in Jeebusland would rather punish and starve all children than to help the LGBTQ kids.