School Forced by Bill Clinton-appointed Judge to Accept Trans Runner on Girls Team
Judge ignores law limiting transgenders participating in female sports
A judge in West Virginia ordered a school to accept a trans runner to try out for a girls’ cross-country team, which goes against the law that only permits biological females competing in girls' sports.
Judge Joseph Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and who was appointed by Bill Clinton, issued a take-down of the state’s Save Women’s Sports Bill and ordered the state to allow trans-student Becky Pepper-Jackson to try out for the girls' middle school cross-country team.
He said the transgender student must be permitted to compete due to the law not currently existing.
“While this case is pending,” the judge wrote.
“[the student] will be permitted to sign up for and participate in school athletics in the same way as her girl classmates.”
The law states:
“[a]thletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex where selection for such teams is based upon competitive skill or the activity involved is a contact sport.”
“A fear of the unknown and discomfort with the unfamiliar have motivated many of the most malignant harms committed by our country’s governments on their own citizens,” the judge wrote.
“Out of fear of those less like them, the powerful have made laws that restricted who could attend what schools, who could work certain jobs, who could marry whom, and even how people can practice their religions."
“Recognizing that classifying human beings in ways that officially sanction harm is antithetical to democracy, the states ratified the Fourteenth Amendment."
"It ensures that no state may ‘deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,'” Goodwin continued.
“Accordingly, the courts are most dubious of any law—state or federal—that treats groups of people differently.”
Goodwin added the law did not address any real problems.
“At this point, I have been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem,” Goodwin exclaimed.
“When the government distinguishes between different groups of people, those distinctions must be supported by compelling reasons.”
West Virginia is one of half a dozen other states which passed laws limiting transgender students to playing sports in biological female teams.
Other states include Montana, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Transgender athletes are increasingly dominating women's sporting events.
Earlier this year, Joe Biden signed an executive order on “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”