The US Department of Justice has finally weighed in on the Connecticut lawsuit regarding transgender athletes.
While the DOJ wants to let everyone compete, they don't want to do so at the expense of fairness and safety.
The DOJ issued a "statement of interest" reiterating that no one, including transgender athletes, should be banned from sports.
However, the statement also says that the Connecticut rules actually discriminate against female athletes by requiring biological males (trans athletes) to compete with biological females.
Many support the statement by the DOJ, as males will have inherent physical advantages over biological females.
More details on the statement and what we can expect moving forward:
The trans athlete fight is the latest hot topic issue in identity politics.
Multiple states are weighing the issue of trans athletes and whether they should compete according to their biological gender at birth. Others have floated the idea of a special trans category.
If the DOJ has anything to say about it, forcing biological females to compete with trans males is discrimination because it puts them at a distinct disadvantage.
NBC has more on the DOJ's statement of interest:
The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports.
Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state's high school athletic competitions.
The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.
The Justice Department, in its filing, disagrees.
“Under CIAC’s interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males — namely, those who publicly identify as female — compete against biological females,” Barr and the other department officials write. “In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX."
The lawsuit was filed in February by runners Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School; Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School; and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School, against the conference and several local boards of education.
They argue they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.
Virtually every sports season is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many schools are debating whether they're going to continue to postpone their seasons or cancel them altogether.
The ultimate ruling will impact future students in upcoming seasons.
Those involved in the Connecticut lawsuit are adamant that they simply want fairness and equal opportunity for their sporting events, and that includes not allowing biological male athletes to compete against female athletes.
While outspoken left wing voices are bashing Barr and Trump's DOJ, the statement has received much praise from middle America and those on the right.
The American Principles Project praised the Trump administration for protecting girls.
Under the Obama administration, schools were threatened with the loss of federal funding if trans males were not allowed to compete with biological females.
Now, it appears that the Trump administration is putting science above identity politics.
Breitbart has more details from the APP:
The conservative advocacy group American Principles Project (APP), which has worked in recent years to fight against the movement to allow biological men to compete against biological females in sports, issued a statement on Thursday.
“What a difference an election can make,” Terry Schilling, executive director of APP, said in the statement. “Just four years ago, the Obama administration was threatening schools with a loss of funding if they failed to allow biological males to participate in girls’ sports.”
“This was total insanity, and yet it unfortunately spread to many states like Connecticut, which adopted policies eliminating a fair playing field for women athletes,” Schilling said. “Now, high school girls are being forced to sue in order to preserve their rights under Title IX.”
“Thankfully, the Trump administration has proven to be a strong defender of equal opportunities for women, and this DOJ action is just the latest example,” Schilling said. “As Democrats continue their push to wipe out women’s sports through legislation such as the so-called ‘Equality Act,’ we encourage President Trump and Republicans to keep opposing these efforts and supporting girl athletes.”
APP also announced it would pay for ads on this topic during the 2020 presidential election season.
The case is Soule vs. Connecticut Association of Schools, Inc., No. 3:20-cv-00201 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt daily life, it is unclear when we can expect a final ruling on the case.
One thing remains clear: the Trump administration is protecting the rights of women participating in sports.
Radical groups will attempt to slam the Trump administration, but science, reason, and fairness must be prioritized over identity politics.