Judge Blocks Idaho Law That Prevents Transgender Women From Participating In Female Athletics


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U.S. District Judge David Nye of Idaho ordered a preliminary injunction on Monday temporarily halting a state law that prohibits transgender girls and women from competing in female athletics, The Idaho Statesman reported.

Nye’s ruling will allow transgender girls and women to participate in women’s sports this upcoming fall at colleges and in secondary schools as the lawsuit proceeds, the Statesman reported.

Republican Idaho Gov. Bradley Little signed “The Fairness In Women’s Sports Act” on March 30, limiting female athletics in the state to biological females. Two female track stars in Idaho previously stated their support for the law, saying that they unfairly lost to a biologically male athlete who identifies as a transgender woman.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Cooley LLP, the ACLU of Idaho and Legal Voice filed the lawsuit in April on behalf of Lindsay Hecox, a transgender girl from Boise State University, according to an ACLU press release. (Related: Kamala Harris Co-Sponsored Bill That Would Force Schools To Let Male Athletes Compete In Girls’ Sports)

Hecox plans to try out for Boise State University’s cross country and track teams, according to the press release. “I feel a major sense of relief,” Hecox said after the ruling, according to the press release.

“I love running, and part of what I enjoy about the sport is building relationships with a team. I’m a girl, and the right team for me is the girls’ team. It’s time courts recognize that and I am so glad that the court’s ruling does,” Hecox continued.

The lawsuit was also filed on behalf of Jane Doe, a biological female who is worried “about the law’s invasive ‘sex verification’ testing,” according to the press release.

The plaintiffs allege that the law violates their rights to “equal protection,” “due process” and freedom ” from unconstitutional searches and seizures.”

The plaintiffs also allege that the law discriminates by having female athletes “verify’ their sex,” while male athletes aren’t required to do, according to court documents.

“In making this determination, it is not just the constitutional rights of transgender girls and women athletes at issue but, as explained above, the constitutional rights of every girl and woman athlete in Idaho,” the Court ruling said.

Legal Voice did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. The ACLU directed the DCNF to its press release on the ruling.

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