Justice Department withdraws from transgender athlete case


The U.S. Justice Department has removed its support for a federal lawsuit in Connecticut that seeks to reverse a state policy allowing the participation of transgender athletes in girl’s high school sports.

The lawsuit was filed a year ago by several cisgender runners who argue they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against two transgender sprinters.

The Justice Department’s move comes just days before a Friday hearing on a motion to dismiss that lawsuit.

Last March, then-Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest in the lawsuit, arguing the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the stateā€™s high school athletic competitions, runs afoul of Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational…

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