Justice Department indicates it will oppose female-identifying male athletes competing against girls

by Daniel Payne · Mar 25th, 2020 2:13 pm

Last Updated Mar 25th, 2020 at 3:24 pm

The Justice Department has indicated its opposition to the practice of letting female-identifying males compete against girls in high school sports, claiming that the policy "deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions" guaranteed them by federal law.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr signed a "statement of interest" on Tuesday regarding a case brought by three Connecticut girls against the state's Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Those young women argued that the males against which they were competing have an innate biological advantage that renders the competition unfair.

The Justice Department said it disagreed with the state athletic conference's claims that sports officials "may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women" when determining who competes against whom. Barr said that a transgender athlete policy goes against Title IX law, which guarantees men and women equal accommodations in scholastic sports.


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