(CNS News) -- When asked by CNS News if he agrees with presumed President-elect Joe Biden's plan to force public schools to let transgender "women" (biological males) play on girls' sports teams and use their locker rooms, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he was surprised that Biden would try to do this on his first day in office, and added that "people worry more about" other topics "on a daily basis."
At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked Senator Rubio, “Joe Biden says on his first day in office, he will use Title IX to give transgender students access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with (their gender identity) -- do you agree with that or do you think that?”
Rubio said, “On his first day in office? That's -- with all the things going on?" He then added, "Well, I don’t know what the federal jurisdiction is on this. I don’t know. I mean, is he going to tell colleges that they won’t get federal aid if they don’t do it or?"
CNS News then noted that the plan is on the Biden-Harris website.
Rubio continued, "Yeah, look, I know people feel strongly about that one way or another, but with all the things going on in the world, I’m not sure that is a day one situation."
When asked to clarify, whether there "should be higher priorities than ensuring transgender access to bathrooms?" the senator said, "Well, apart from the fact there’s a lot of problems with that policy, yeah, I think there should be. I think there are some other things that I think people worry about more on a daily basis."
On LGBTQ issues, the Biden-Harris campaign website, among other things, says, “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 policy reads.
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.
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.
Genetically, transgender “women” are still men. A biological female has two X chromosomes (XX) and a biological male has an X and Y chromosome (XY).