The judge ordered the school to allow the transgender player to rejoin the softball team.

INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has ordered Indianapolis Public Schools to allow a 10-year-old transgender girl to rejoin her school’s all-girls softball team pending a lawsuit against a state law that includes Saraoan girls are banned from competing in school sports.

U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in Indianapolis issued a preliminary injunction on behalf of the girl on Tuesday, finding that she had established a “substantial likelihood of success on the merits” of her claim.

“She has also demonstrated that she will suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate legal remedy,” Magnus Stinson wrote in his order about the girl, who will be a fifth-grader when classes resume in August. .

The judge added that Indianapolis Public Schools had told the girl’s mother earlier this year that her daughter would no longer be able to play on the girls’ softball team because of the new law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit on behalf of the girl in hopes of blocking the law. The lawsuit was filed in May, minutes after Republican state lawmakers voted to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of the legislation, and alleged that the girl on his team Denying him reenlistment because he is transgender is a violation of Title IX and the U.S. Constitution.

That lawsuit continues against the law, which went into effect on July 1 and which opponents argue is a biased response to a problem that doesn’t exist.

The bill’s Republican sponsors believe it is needed to protect the integrity of women’s sports and girls’ chances of receiving college athletic scholarships, but Indiana has no precedent for girls’ performance against transgender athletes.

ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Faulk said in a statement Tuesday that the group is pleased the judge ruled that the girl “should be allowed to play on her school’s softball team.”

“When misinformation about biology and gender is used to bar transgender girls from school sports, it amounts to the same form of sex discrimination that has long been prohibited under Title IX. , a law that protects all students — including trans people — based on sex, Faulk said.

Magnus-Stinson wrote in her order that Indianapolis Public Schools “has not taken a position on whether the court should issue a preliminary injunction,” but that the state has intervened and sought a preliminary injunction. opposed.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said after Tuesday’s ruling that the transgender sports law “is in effect statewide” and said his office would continue to defend it.

“The court order only allows this particular plaintiff to play this particular sport at this particular elementary school,” he said in a statement to WXIN-TV.

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