CHEER SECTION – Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders react to a successful free throw Tuesday night at Sitka High during the cross-town boys basketball game. Edgecumbe boys and girls teams each won their games against Sitka High. Stories on the hard-fought games are on page 4 of today’s Sentinel. The region tournament takes place in Sitka in mid-March. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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21 Feb 2024 13:15

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Alaska Joins Lawsuit Against Gender Rights

By Lisa Phu

Alaska Beacon

Alaska’s attorney general has joined 21 others in suing to block the federal government from enforcing a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is focused on school meal and other federal food aid programs. It claims the U.S. Department of Agriculture “issued directives and rules that misconstrue the law and impose unlawful requirements” and called the department’s understanding of Title IX “flawed.”  

The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service issued guidance in May to state agencies and program operators stating, “discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation can constitute prohibited sex discrimination under Title IX and the Food and Nutrition Act.”

This applies to programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the Food and Nutrition Service, including the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Alaska Department of Law Communications Director Patty Sullivan wrote in an email that the USDA action “is another example of federal agencies expanding federal law beyond what was contemplated by Congress.”

“Regardless of your stance on what should be expressly covered by Title IX from a policy perspective, lawmaking needs to occur through the proper branch of government – Congress. Instead you have unelected bureaucrats making law unilaterally, which is not what the U.S. Constitution envisioned,” Sullivan wrote.

USDA’s guidance followed President Joe Biden’s executive order last year affirming the rights of all people no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation, as well as the U.S. Department of Education announcement last year extending Title IX prohibitions on sex-based discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Title IX prohibits sex-based discrimination in any education program or activity offered by a school that receives federal funding.

Both the U.S. Department of Education and USDA’s actions stem from the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which determined the term sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

Under the May guidance, USDA said state agencies and program operators would have to update their discrimination complaint processing procedures, update their nondiscrimination statements on documents and materials, and order new signage that reference gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination. The lawsuit called this “federal overreach.”

The 22 attorneys general, also on Tuesday, filed a preliminary injunction motion asking the court to prohibit USDA from implementing its new rules while the lawsuit is pending.

The lawsuit, filed in district court in Tennessee, is led by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. Other attorneys general to sign on to the lawsuit include Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor, and those from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

The lawsuit follows a June letter from attorneys general of 26 states, including Alaska, asking the federal government to withdraw the USDA guidance.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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20 YEARS AGO

February 2004

Photo caption: White Elephant Shop treasurer Ginny Cushing presents a $1,300 check to Monica Bettis, Sitka Community  Hospital long-term care activities director, and Kathy Inman, long-term care manager at the hospital. The donation is to be used to buy a wide-screen TV for the long-term unit.


50 YEARS AGO

February 1974

Photo caption: Gov. William Egan presents trophies to the all-tourney team in the Sitka American Legion Invitational Basketball Tournament. From left are Brad Sele, Klukwan; Gene Short, Ketchikan; David Harnum, Sitka Arrowhead Truckers; Terry Friske, Klukwan; and Jay Levan, Sitka American Legion.

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