The U.S. Supreme Court declined to reinstate a West Virginia law banning “transgender” athletes from participating in sports teams consistent with their “gender identity.”
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected West Virginia's request to enforce its law banning men from female sports teams.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 6, 2023
ABC News reported that the case involves a 12-year-old boy who believes he is a girl. The boy’s parents sued West Virginia to allow their son’s continued participation in his school’s female cross-country and track teams. The decision issued by the Supreme Court is temporary, considering West Virginia’s legal battle asking for the law’s reinstatement is ongoing.
The court did not explain its decision, yet Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.
“Among other things, enforcement of the law at issue should not be forbidden by the federal courts without any explanation,” Justice Alito wrote.
Breaking: The Supreme Court DECLINES to lift a stay on West Virginia's ban against trans kids in school sports, keeping the ban on hold. Thomas and Alito dissent. https://t.co/yTb71gyEcR pic.twitter.com/SStV1pO9Et
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Defending its law in lower courts, West Virginia pointed out that “there is a substantial risk that boys would dominate the girls’ programs and deny them an equal opportunity to compete in interscholastic events.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing the boy’s family, challenged West Virginia’s law, arguing that the boy should be allowed to continue participating with his female teammates on the middle school’s track team.
Incorrectly referring to the boy with female pronouns, the ACLU criticized West Virginia’s legal efforts to reinstate its law, calling them “baseless.”
More than 10 states have passed laws blocking “transgender” athletes from competing in the opposite gender’s sports, as well as laws prohibiting gender-changing operations for minors: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Arizona, Utah, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and South Dakota.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently suggested that the “transgender” community was “under attack.”
Jean-Pierre made the remarks during the White House’s press briefing, where she criticized “anti-trans bills” passed by state legislatures across the U.S., arguing that they “attack trans kids as they attack trans parents.”
“It is shameful, and it is unacceptable,” Jean-Pierre said. “Tomorrow is trans visibility day – on the day that we should be lifting up our trans kids, our trans youth and making sure that they feel we’re seeing more and more of these hateful, hateful bills.”
“And so it is shameful. It is disturbing. And our hearts go out to those in the trans community as they are under attack right now,” Jean-Pierre continued.
Jean-Pierre’s comments came days after a 28-year-old “transgender” opened fire at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee, killing six people, including three nine-year-olds.
Audrey Hale, the shooter, was a biological female who identified as male. Officers killed her on the school’s second floor. Police searched Hale’s home, finding a manifesto detailing months-long plans to commit the school shooting.