Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the following statement on Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that upends and distorts the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act:
“As Attorney General, I led the Department of Justice in advocating President Trump’s and my view that, when the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, sex meant one’s biological sex and did not include gender identity. I’m pleased that Attorney General Barr has continued this fight. We argued that if Congress wanted to pass a more expansive definition of sex it was free to do so.
“Few would contend this new definition of sex was intended by the Congress that passed the 1964 Act. Yet, an activist Supreme Court today “updated” an old statute to give it new meaning that fits with new social norms established by the coastal elites. It is pure legislation pretending to be a legal judgment. This decision is not simply an affront to the legislative branch of our government or to the American people who elect their legislators to act on their behalf; the Court today created a legal minefield by eviscerating the very meaning of “sex” in the law. As a result of this ruling, women could be forced to share private changing rooms with biological males, and biologically-female athletes could be forced to compete against biologically-male athletes.
“Freedom of conscience, religion, and speech continue to be chipped away. Religious institutions, small business owners, and anyone else who does not immediately accept the evolved social views of the Left will now be subject to lawsuits, under a law that Congress never wrote. All because a group of unelected judges who are unaccountable to the voters have imposed their own social standards on the country.”