COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) issues the following statement in support of the decision by President Trump and the Department of Health and Human Services to roll back Obama-era regulations that broadened the definition of sex in Title IX beyond the biological categories of male and female to include transgender and gender identity language:
“The JDFI strongly supports the decision of the Trump administration to affirm sex-based determinations that are gender-based, biologically male and female, and consistent with science. This is in keeping with the traditional definition of gender the Christian community has always held, and that we as a nation have maintained with uniformity until only recently. In fact, by taking this courageous and common sense action, the Department of Health and Human Services is simply going back to pre-Obama era regulations and policies.
“In this decision, the president has declared that the gender-based discriminations outlawed in Title IX are limited to male versus female. It does not include transgender sexual orientation or gender identity language, which is properly excluded from the definition of sex. We urge Congress to follow the president’s lead by providing a legal definition of sex in federal law so that the Title IX legislation is abundantly and legally certain in all instances.
“This is vital not only for the HHS, which must deal with these regulations frequently, but also for all government, including the courts, which requires a clear understanding of what Congress meant by the word ‘sex’ when they originally established Title IX. It’s time to put an end to the attempts by LGBT activists to shoehorn into Title IX any identities and language that go against legislative intent and biology. This decision is good for America, and the faith-based community should be encouraged.”
Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated Christian leader, author and psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development with a minor in research design. He is the founder and president of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” In 2008, Dr. Dobson was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Follow him @DrJamesCDobson
Dr. Tim Clintonis the executive director of the James Dobson Family Institute and co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is licensed as a professional counselor and as a marriage and family therapist and has authored and edited nearly 30 books. He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and served at Liberty University for over 30 years in various academic roles. Dr. Clinton currently serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, alongside Dr. Dobson. Follow him @DrTimClinton
Jenna Ellis, Esq. is the director of public policy for the James Dobson Family Institute. She is a constitutional law attorney and a contributor to the Washington Examiner, Daily Wire, and The Federalist. Her book, “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Current Constitutional Crisis” provides insight into the culture war that is being fought in America’s legal hierarchy. Follow her @JennaEllisJDFI
The James Dobson Family Institute is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word. JDFI’smission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.