Judge Blasts West Virginia, Says Trans Girl Allowed To Compete On Cross Country Team

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily banned West Virginia from banning a transgender girl from her school's sports teams, effectively saying the state's discriminatory law, passed earlier this year, was unenforceable.

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A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked West Virginia from barring a transgender girl from her school's sports teams, effectively saying the state's discriminatory law passed earlier this year was unenforceable.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin issued a preliminary injunction, saying 11-year-old Becky Pepper-Jackson should be allowed to participate on her school's girls cross country team while the case is pending. The lawsuit was filed shortly after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) signed the anti-trans sports bill into law in April, which bars transgender girls from competing on sports teams at public middle schools and high schools or at state universities. At the time, Justice said it was the “right thing to do.”


The judge for the Southern District of West Virginia rejected that notion, saying the law likely violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause and the government's Title IX requirements. 

“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,” Goodwin wrote in his decision. “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.”

He added: “I have been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem.”

Becky is an amazing kid who deserves the same opportunities as every girl her age. And Becky has a lot of people in her corner in this battle, including @LambdaLegal @aclu and @cooleyLLP. And the support of so many West Virginians!

— ACLU of WV (@ACLU_ ...

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