Challenge to Indiana trans sports ban dropped


A court challenge to an Indiana law barring transgender girls from playing on girls’ teams was dropped Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported the case was dropped just weeks before being heard by a federal court.

The news service reported that the ACLU of Indiana filed the motion to dismiss because the girl at the center of the lawsuit had enrolled at a charter school.

“The parties acknowledge that as this case is now moot and must be dismissed, this Court’s preliminary injunction, upon dismissal of this action, will be vacated and will be of no effect,” the court filing said.

The ACLU told the AP that it stands by its arguments that the law violates federal Title IX protections against discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities — and indicated that it could file future legal challenges on behalf of other transgender students.

“We filed to dismiss our case on behalf of a trans athlete in IPS schools solely due to individual circumstances regarding our client’s recent transfer,” the ACLU said in a statement.

U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson had ruled in May girl had “a strong likelihood” of prevailing in arguments that the Indiana law violated federal Title IX protections. The federal appeals court in Chicago was scheduled to hear arguments in the case on Feb. 15, the AP reported.

The Indiana General Assembly overrode a veto to pass the law in May. A Hoosier judge blocked the law from being enforced in August.