College of the Ozarks injunction denied in transgender housing suit

By: | May 25, 2021

The College of the Ozarks has been refused a request to delay an executive order under the Fair Housing Act protecting the rights of transgender students in campus accommodations.

The Missouri-based religious college sued the Biden administration in April over a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) directive on gender discrimination allowing transgender students to stay in the dormitories of the gender with which they identify.

Recently, District Judge Roseann Ketchmark denied a request from the school for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction while the court case is ongoing.

“While we are disappointed in today’s ruling, we expect to appeal so that schools are not forced to open women’s dorm rooms to males and violate their religious beliefs… The fight to protect our religious freedom has just begun,” said College President Jerry C. Davis in a statement.

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