(CNN) — A federal judge says transgender women and girls in Idaho can't be banned from sports teams corresponding to their gender, blocking a state law that attempted to do so.
A federal judge says transgender women and girls in Idaho cannot be banned from sports teams corresponding to their gender, blocking an Idaho law that attempted to do so.
Gov. Brad Little signed the “Fairness in Women's Sports Act” in March, which would not allow athletes to participate on a women's team without first verifying that person's “internal and external reproductive anatomy” if her sex is disputed. But Judge David Nye granted a motion for a preliminary injunction against the act Monday.
A second plaintiff in the case is a 17-year-old cisgender athlete — unnamed in the lawsuit because she is a minor — who is concerned that she may be forced to invasively “prove” her gender because of her athletic build and “masculine” personal traits.
Judge Nye agreed that was unfair and “being subject to a sex dispute is itself humiliating.” The law does not have a similar requirement for male athletes, Nye noted.
The preliminary injunction is not the final say in the lawsuit, but Nye said in his 87-page order “plaintiffs are likely to succeed in establishing the Act is unconstitutional.” — Madeline Holcombe and Andy Rose, CNN/@CNN