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WV male athlete finishes ahead of girls 700 times

Track and field

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Rachel Rouleau regarding a motion to stay and preliminary injunction ADF attorneys filed Thursday with a federal district court in State of Tennessee v. Cardona on behalf of a high-school athlete from West Virginia and Christian Educators Association International, an association of teachers. ADF attorneys are asking the court to immediately halt the Biden administration’s efforts to rewrite Title IX to include “gender identity” in the definition of “sex” in the federal law before that change goes into effect on August 1. The requested stay would put the administration’s new changes on hold while the case proceeds:

“The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of sex will upend the equal opportunities that women and girls have enjoyed for 50 years under Title IX and will threaten their safety and privacy at every level. While the administration claims this change won’t affect sports, it has already made its position clear that men who identify as women should compete in women’s sports under Title IX. In fact, the administration has supported a male student’s efforts to compete against our client and other girls in women’s sports in West Virginia. After a federal court allowed this male to compete on the girls’ team, that male athlete has finished ahead of girls more than 700 times in cross country and track-and-field events and taken our client’s spot to compete at a conference championship. Our client has also lost her right to use the women’s locker room free from harassment and without a male present. This egregious example is just one of many ongoing difficulties girls are facing with this illegal rewrite of federal law and vast executive authority overreach.”

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky allowed both ADF clients to intervene in the case last week. Following the Biden administration’s announcement of the rule change on April 19, ADF attorneys have joined multiple states in different lawsuits challenging the redefinition of “sex” in Title IX.

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Rachel Rouleau serves as legal counsel for the Center for Conscience Initiatives with Alliance Defending Freedom.