McCarthy Doesn't Say If He Agrees With Biden on Forcing Schools to Let Transgenders Use Girls' Locker Rooms

Alexander Watson and Lucy Collins | December 9, 2020 | 11:40am EST
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)  (Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether he agreed with Joe Biden’s plan to force public schools to let transgender students play on the sports teams and use the bathrooms and locker rooms that accord with their gender identity, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not answer the question but said, “Let’s wait until who’s sworn in.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 3, CNS News asked the minority leader: “Joe Biden says that on his first day of office he will use Title IX to give transgender students access to sports, bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity in all federally funded schools. Do you think he has the power to unilaterally do that and do you agree with that?”

McCarthy responded, “Let’s wait until who's sworn in and we can discuss that.”

He then moved on to another question.

On the Biden-Harris Campaign website, a listed priority is “Guaranteeing transgender students have access to facilities based on their gender identity.”

“On his first day in office, Biden will reinstate the Obama-Biden guidance revoked by the Trump-Pence Administration, which will restore transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity.” The Biden LGBTQ+ policy reads.

(Biden-Harris campaign website)
(Biden-Harris campaign website)

The Obama-era policy was issued to schools in 2016, mandating, “As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

“Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity,” the letter explaining the Obama policy continues.

A transgender "woman" soccer player.  (Getty Images)
A transgender "woman" soccer player. (Getty Images)

This policy would allow biological males who identify as females to be granted access to female locker rooms, bathrooms and sports teams without undergoing confirmation surgery or using hormone replacements.

The International Olympic Committee and World Athletics both require transgender female athletes to demonstrate sustained lower levels of testosterone before they are allowed to compete in female sports.

Genetically, transgender “women” are still men, and they cannot change their genetic structure.  As the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH states, "Typically in mammals, the gender of an organism is determined by the sex chromosomes. In the case of humans, this happens to be the X and the Y chromosomes. So as you may recall, if you are XX, you are female. If you are XY, you are male."

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