Joe Biden’s nominee for AG Merrick Garland dodged addressing whether biological males should compete in women’s sports during the first day of his confirmation hearing.
Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy asked the contested issue at the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday.
“I’m going to ask you if you agree with this statement,” Kennedy told the attorney general nominee. “Allowing…biological males to compete in an all-female sport deprives women of the opportunity to participate fully and fairly in sports and is fundamentally unfair to female athletes.”
“This is a very difficult societal question,” Garland told Kennedy, to which the senator responded, “I know, but you’re going to be attorney general.”
Garland said that he may not be the one to make “policy decisions like that” but that he is not “adverse to it.” The attorney general nominee repeated what he had said to many others questions, that he had not had a chance to think through the question yet.
“I think every human being should be treated with dignity and respect. That’s an overriding sense of my own character, but an overriding sense of what the law requires,” he said. “This particular question of how Title IX applies in schools is — something that I would have to look at when I have a chance to do that. I’ve not had the chance to consider these kinds of issues in my career so far, but I agree that this is a difficult question.”