Attorneys accused the Biden administration Tuesday of deserting female athletes by withdrawing its support for a federal lawsuit in Connecticut seeking to bar transgender participation in girls’ high school sports.
"Defendants’ suggestion that they know better than the United States how to adequately protect the federal government’s interests should be rejected. In this lawsuit, ED’s interests in the proper interpretation of Title IX and in ensuring that federal funds are not used to discriminate on the basis of sex have been protected through the United States’ submission of a Statement of Interest and through the administrative processing of Plaintiffs’ OCR complaint. "
Judge Forbids Lawyers from Describing Trans Athletes as ‘Male’
Dept. of Justice files Statement of Interest in Title IX Case
3 High School Girls File Lawsuit to Preserve Fairness in Women’s Sports
Attorneys representing three female high school track athletes in their effort to bar biological males from competing against them filed a motion on Saturday calling for the presiding judge to recuse himself after he forbid the attorneys from referring to the transgender athletes at issue as “males.”
The ADF filed suit in February against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) on behalf of three girls — Selina Soule, Alana Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell. The suit challenges the CIAC policy allowing students to compete in the division that accords with their gender identity on the grounds that it disadvantages women in violation of the Title IX prohibition against discrimination on the “basis of sex.”
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s statement of interest filed Tuesday in federal district court in support of Connecticut high school athletes and their mothers seeking to protect fair play in girls’ sports in the ADF case Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools:
“Girls shouldn’t be reduced to spectators in their own sports. Allowing males to compete in the female category isn’t fair and destroys girls’ athletic opportunities. Males will always have inherent physical advantages over comparably talented and trained girls—that’s the reason we have girls’ sports in the first place. And a male’s belief about his gender doesn’t eliminate those advantages. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy is also completely at odds with Title IX, a federal law designed to create equal opportunities for women in education and athletics. As the DOJ rightly explains in its statement of interest filed in this case, ‘Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination solely “on the basis of sex,” not on the basis of transgender status, and therefore neither require nor authorize CIAC’s transgender policy. To the contrary, CIAC’s construction of Title IX as requiring the participation of students on athletic teams that reflect their gender identity would turn the statute on its head.’”
As a result of the policy in Connecticut, two males have taken 15 women’s state championship titles (held in 2016 by nine different Connecticut girls) and have taken more than 85 opportunities to participate in higher level competitions from female track athletes in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons alone.
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"Three brave high school girls in Connecticut have done what many of their much older counterparts have been unwilling to do… They have asked the simple question: Do female athletes deserve the right to compete on a level playing field?
The answer should be common sense. That’s why Title IX was created, after all—to provide women and girls with equal educational and athletic opportunities. But those opportunities are being stripped from these high school athletes. And now they are speaking out."
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"Activists are pushing policies that allow men who identify as women to invade female spaces. Now this mindset is infiltrating the world of sports—and it’s affecting young women across the country. These policies are robbing girls of athletic opportunities, dreams of competing at the next level, and even potential scholarships."
"Two high school male athletes who identify as female have won 15 women’s track championship titles that were once held by nine different girls in the state of Connecticut. Female athletes are being robbed of athletic opportunities, dreams of competing at the next level, and even potential scholarships.