PHOENIX – The Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom has joined the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty in filing a lawsuit on behalf of a group of Madison parents in Dane County Circuit Court against the Madison Metropolitan School District for adopting and implementing gender identity policies that they believe violate the rights of district parents.
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) issued a demand letter to the school district on December 18 urging the district to update and amend the policies to avoid a lawsuit. Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) responded on January 31 that there would be no update to district policies.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and WILL claim that the challenged MMSD policies enable children, of any age, to change their gender identity at school without parental notice or consent, and instruct district employees to conceal and even deceive parents about the gender identity their son or daughter has adopted at school.
WILL and ADF attorneys represent 14 individual parents from eight families at the school district in challenging the policy.
According to an expert affidavit filed by the parents and submitted by Dr. Stephen B. Levine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, social transition of children is an experimental therapy that exposes vulnerable children to dangerous, lifelong physical, social, and mental health risks.
“As Dr. Levine explains based on decades of experience and extensive scientific literature, putting children on a pathway to puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones can have devastating effects across a lifetime,” stated ADF Senior Counsel Roger Brooks. “That should serve as a wake-up call to parents and all Americans: When schools cast aside biological reality in favor of gender identity ideology, it’s children who are hurt the most.”
In April 2018, MMSD adopted “Guidance and Policies to Support Transgender, Non-binary & Gender-Expansive Students.” The policy includes the following provisions:
Children of any age can transition to a different gender identity at school, by changing their name and pronouns, without parental notice or consent.
District employees are prohibited from notifying parents, without the child’s consent, that their child has or wants to change gender identity at school, or that their child may be dealing with gender dysphoria.
District employees are even instructed to deceive parents by using the child’s legal name and pronouns with family, while using the different name and pronouns adopted by the child in the school setting.