A former Indianapolis Public Schools student who sued the school district and the state over a ban targeting transgender athletes has dropped the case, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Both the defendants and plaintiffs in the case agreed to dismiss the case on the grounds that the student, referred to as A.M. in law, now attending a charter school and no longer at IPS school.
The lawsuit, originally filed in May 2022 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, claimed that Indiana’s law barring transgender students from participating in all-female school sports constitutes discrimination under federal law guaranteeing access equally on educational and educational programs.
The law went into effect July 1, 2022, but a federal judge later that same month issued a preliminary injunction declaring that IPS must allow A.M. to rejoin her softball team. The judge wrote in his preliminary ruling that A.M. the likelihood that she would succeed in the claim that the law violates her civil rights.
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The ACLU of Indiana said in a statement Thursday that while it agreed with the dismissal, it still considers the law discriminatory.
“We stand by our contention that when misinformation about biology and gender is used to bar transgender girls from school sports it amounts to the same type of discrimination that has long been prohibited under Title IX, a law that protects all students – with their -includes transgender people – on the basis of sex, and under the Equal Protection Clause,” the statement said.
The ACLU went on to say that if another transgender student in Indiana is banned from participating on a public school sports team, that student should contact them.
The law has been in effect for the rest of Indiana since last July and the judge’s previous injunction order only applied to A.M.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a faith-based nonprofit legal organization, said in a statement that the dropped lawsuit was a victory for female athletes in Indiana.
“Biological discrimination in sports is not just common sense, it is essential to ensure girls can continue to play the sport they love on a level playing field,” said ADF legal counsel Rachel Csutoros. “Indiana joins a growing coalition of states that have enacted laws to preserve a level playing field for female athletes.”
The IPS district said in a statement to IndyStar that the district will continue its work to support all students.
“We will continue to support our students, including our transgender students, with the same care and attention that we showed prior to the passage of the law and the filing (and subsequent dismissal) of the law,” the statement said.
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House Bill 1041, passed earlier last year, states that a transgender student cannot participate on a women‘s athletic team organized or sponsored by a school corporation, public school or non-public school. Charter schools are public schools, so A.M. she would still be banned from playing on the girls’ team at her new school.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed the bill last March after saying the bill focused on a problem that doesn’t exist in Indiana. The Republican-controlled legislature overrode Holcomb’s veto in May, paving the way for the law to take effect in July.
The IndyStar archive contributed to this reporting.
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