A high-profile lawsuit seeking to prevent transgender students from participating on women’s and girls’ sports teams in Connecticut was dismissed by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
In April 2021, a federal judge dismissed Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, Inc., which had alleged that Title IX had been violated by the state of Connecticut’s high school sports authority and five school boards by allowing transgender students to participate in women’s sports teams. The Alliance Defending Freedom argued the case in September before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals for Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith, Ashley Nicoletti, and their mothers.
Although ADF attorneys have stated that they are considering an appeal, it is possible that this case will be the first in the country to allow the Supreme Court to weigh in on the right of transgender students to participate in sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.
The families asked the court to award damages, prevent the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference from enforcing its policy that allows transgender athletes to compete, and change the results of certain past competitions so that two transgender girls’ trophies don’t appear in the records.
We agree with the district court that the Plaintiffs have not established the injury in fact and redressability requirements for standing in their request for an injunction to change the records.
And because we conclude that CIAC and its member schools did not have adequate notice that the Policy violates Title IX — in fact, they had notice to the contrary — we must dismiss the Plaintiffs’ claims for damages, they continued. Title IX of the United States Code forbids any form of discrimination based on a person’s gender in any federally funded school.
The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation was illegal in the workplace, was also relied upon by the presiding judges.
Similarly to Title VII, “Title IX includes language identical to that in Title IX, broadly prohibiting discrimination ‘on the basis of sex,'” the judges wrote. Thus, it cannot be said that the Policy, which forbids discrimination based on a student’s transgender status by allowing all students to participate on gender-specific teams consistent with their gender identity, “falls within the scope of Title IX’s proscriptions.”
Two transgender athletes who intervened in the case were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, which applauded the ruling that found ADF and their clients lacked standing.
A Couple From Connecticut Describes Their Protest Encounters In Peru While On Their Honeymoon
The hundreds of tourists who are currently trying to leave Peru include a honeymooning couple from Connecticut. When the current president was deposed, the populace took to the streets in protest.
The young Greenwich couple was unlucky enough to be somewhere they shouldn’t have been at the wrong time.The president of Peru was deposed and imprisoned for attempting to dissolve Congress, and now his supporters have taken control of the streets.
Both Morgan and Jack Fox hail from Greenwich. This summer they tied the knot, and now they’re in Peru on a honeymoon they’ve been planning for years. A government collapse was not anticipated.
To paraphrase Jack: “We had heard that there might be some issues politically over here, but nothing to be alarmed about.” And every hotel we stayed at assured us that we were safe to leave and that everything was going to be all right.
The Foxes Claimed That The Roads Were Blocked Off Due To The Demonstrations
About every hundred yards, Jack said, “there would be a telephone pole or boulders or trees or fires in the middle of the road with people running around them.”
Morgan: “When they surrounded our car, that’s when I started to get scared.” “Fortunately, all they really wanted or needed was money. Because we provided them with what they required, we were able to pass.
Airports were also vandalized by protesters, in addition to being blocked off by police. A huge crowd, including the Fox family, waited at the Cusco airport on Friday after it had been closed for repairs.
Morgan declared, “Fingers crossed, in the next 20 minutes we’ll make it to Lima and hop over to any state in the United States just to get out of Peru.”
Legal Director for the Alliance Defending Freedom Christiana Kiefer said they are “evaluating all legal options, including appeal.”
Kiefer argued that “our clients, like all female athletes, deserve access to fair competition” and that several states have been leading the charge against the interpretation. Currently,
18 states have passed laws protecting women and girls from competing against males, and polls show that a majority of Americans agree that competition is no longer fair when males are permitted to compete in women’s sports. Despite this, ADF is still dedicated to safeguarding the future of women’s sports.