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Female athlete, Christian schools ask 6th Circuit to protect fairness in women's sports

ADF attorneys available for media interviews following hearing Wednesday
Enacting comprehensive women’s sports laws is essential to ensure fairness in women’s sports and protect equal opportunities for women.

WHO: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

WHAT: Available for media interviews following oral arguments in The State of Tennessee v. United States Department of Education

WHEN: Immediately following hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. EDT, Wed., April 26

WHERE: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, 100 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati. To schedule an interview, contact ADF Media Relations Manager AnnMarie Pariseau at (480) 417-3975.

CINCINNATI – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Arkansas female athlete and the Association of Christian Schools International will be available for media interviews Wednesday following oral arguments at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

A federal district court ruled in September to allow the high school athlete, Amelia Ford, and the Christian school organization to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of federal law that forces schools to allow males to compete on female athletic teams and in competitions.

“The Biden administration’s radical push to redefine sex threatens the safety, competitiveness, and equality of female athletes,” said ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman, who will be arguing before the court on behalf of Ford and ACSI. “Allowing males to compete in women’s sports undermines fair competition, threatens female athletes’ safety, and removes female athletes’ opportunities to obtain the many benefits of athletic competition that Title IX was designed to safeguard. We urge the 6th Circuit to affirm that biology, not identity, is what matters in athletics.”

In the case, The State of Tennessee v. United States Department of Education, 20 states, led by Tennessee, are challenging documents issued by the U.S. Department of Education that mandate a redefinition of the word “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” even though this contradicts the law. Among other things, these documents would require that schools subject to Title IX allow males who identify as female to participate on female athletic teams and use female-designated showers and locker rooms.

ACSI’s schools have approximately 500,000 students throughout the country. The ACSI schools compete against public schools that receive federal financial assistance and are required to adhere to the new federal mandate. This places Christian schools and their female athletes at a disadvantage because the public schools they compete against in athletic events would be required by the Biden administration to permit males to compete on female sports teams.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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