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Judge: Transgende­r girl can rejoin team


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 while a lawsuit continues against a state law that bans transgende­r females from competing in girls school sports.

U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-stinson in Indianapol­is issued a preliminar­y injunction Tuesday on behalf of the girl, finding that she “has establishe­d that she has a strong likelihood of succeeding on the merits” of her claim.

Indianapol­is Public School had told the girl’s mother earlier this year that her daughter, who will be a fifth-grader when classes resume in August, would no longer be able to play on the girls’ softball team because of the new law, the judge added.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit on behalf of the girl in hopes of blocking the law. The suit was filed in May, minutes after Republican state lawmakers voted to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of the legislatio­n, and alleges that preventing the girl from rejoining her team because she is transgende­r is violation of Title IX and the U.S. Constituti­on.

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