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West Virginia's anti-trans sports ban temporarily blocked by federal judge

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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West Virginia must pause its enforcement of a new law that prohibits transgender women and girls from participating in public school sports, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, allowing the plaintiff in the lawsuit to sign up for her school's girls' cross-country and track teams while the challenge awaits a final decision.

Washington (CNN)West Virginia must pause its enforcement of a new law that prohibits transgender women and girls from participating in public school sports, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, allowing the plaintiff in the lawsuit to sign up for her school's girls' cross-country and track teams while the challenge awaits a final decision.

Goodwin handed a temporary win to 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson, a transgender athlete who, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal and Cooley LLP, sued the state in May over its sports ban.

The decision means West Virginia must stop enforcing the ban, which went into effect earlier this month, while the lawsuit awaits a final ruling.

Before West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice signed the state's ban into law in late April, he argued that approving it is "the right thing to do. "

Loree Stark, the legal director for the ACLU of West Virginia, said in a statement Wednesday that "we've said all along this cruel legislation would not survive a legal challenge, and we're encouraged by the court's decision today. "

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