WASHINGTON D.C. — (04-25-21) — U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny on Sunday dismissed a lawsuit in Connecticut that sought to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls high school sports.
The lawsuit was filed in February 2020 by a group of cisgender high school students seeking to prevent transgender girls from competing in track events. The students allege that they would “face unfair competition” from two transgender students if they were allowed to compete against them.
The case got nationwide coverage as the group of cisgender students filed the lawsuit against multiple school boards and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
Judge Robert Chatigny ruled on Sunday that there was no longer an issue to resolve because the two transgender students identified in the lawsuit had graduated.
Not to mention the fact that the Biden administration earlier this year, had withdrew federal support for the lawsuit, reversing the former Trump administration’s consistent anti-LGBTQ policies.
Attorney General William Barr had previously argued that Connecticut’s policy violated Title IX, which guarantees girls equal access to sports and other school opportunities previously denied to girls.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), celebrated Judge Chatigny ruling…”Good news for transgender students in Connecticut and around the country.” said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU.
“Today’s ruling shows that allowing transgender students to fully participate in school — including sports — is consistent with existing federal law,” said Block in a Sunday statement.
It’s not over yet as the Alliance Defending Freedom has vowed to appeal the dismissal of the lawsuit.
Photo courtesy of (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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