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Wisconsin high court agrees to hear case challenging MMSD gender identity policies

Wisconsin high court agrees to hear case challenging MMSD gender identity policies
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Madison, Wes. (WMTV) — The state Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit alleging that the Madison Metropolitan School District’s gender identity policy violates parents’ rights to make health decisions on behalf of their children.

The conservative law group, the Wisconsin Institute of Law and Freedom, as well as the conservative advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), brought the case on behalf of a group of parents who challenge politics.

The Doe v. case has been filed. MMSD to Dane County Court in 2020 after the district adopted the policies, which allow children of any age to transition to a different gender identity at school without parental consent. The two groups also allege that MMSD directed its employees to deceive parents about relocation.

A 35-page pamphlet of MMSD guidelines and policies outlines how its staff can demonstrate support for transgender, non-binary, and gender-extending students.

This package states that students under the age of 18 are required to obtain permission from a parent or legal guardian to change their name or gender mark on their education records under federal law.

All personal and medical information relating to transgender, non-binary, and gender-extended students must be kept confidential in accordance with state, local, and federal laws. The package continues, saying that school personnel are also not able to disclose information that would reveal a student’s gender identity to others, including parents or guardians and other school staff, unless they are legally required to do so or the student authorizes disclosure of the information.

If a student chooses to use a different name, to move into school, or to share his or her gender identity with staff or other students, he or she does not authorize school personnel to disclose such personal or medical information.

The guide states that refusing to respect the student’s name and pronouns also violates the MMSD’s nondiscrimination policy.

ADF attorney Kate Anderson says MMSD has no right to make decisions about a student’s gender identity.

“School policies that exclude parents from children’s gender identification decisions are harming children across the country,” Anderson said. “We hope that the Wisconsin Supreme Court will take the lead in protecting the right of parents to be a father.”

The clients in the lawsuit are currently unknown, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court will determine whether they can proceed in this way.

MMSD spokesperson Tim LeMonds said the district could not comment on the pending litigation.

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