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Arizona Federal Court Blocks Trans Ban

By Charlotte Robinson, July 21, 2023

In Arizona a federal judge blocked enforcement of an Arizona law that bars transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams. The court ruled that the new law most likely violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution & Title IX by singling out transgender girls & barring them from competing on girls’ teams. Kate & Robert Roe, parent Plaintiffs stated, “We’re happy with this decision, of course & our daughter is thrilled to join her friends playing the sports they all love. We’re so grateful that the court understood that all girls deserve the opportunity to participate in school sports.” Helen & James Doe, also parent Plaintiffs added, “We are pleased by the court’s decision. Our daughter & all girls deserve the opportunity to reap the benefits of school sports. We are relieved that the judge saw past the misconceptions & harmful rhetoric used to demonize transgender girls. Our daughter is looking forward to making new friends & playing the sports that she loves.” Rachel Berg, National Center for Lesbian Rights concluded, “We are very pleased with the Court’s decision that allows our clients to play on girls’ sports teams while this case proceeds. The Court recognized the law is overbroad & cannot survive constitutional scrutiny. We look forward to securing a permanent ruling.” The court’s ruling on the preliminary injunction bars enforcement of the ban to the plaintiffs while the remainder of the litigation proceeds through the Arizona federal court. The plaintiffs are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Debevoise & Plimpton LLP & Osborne Maledon P.A.

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