Legal challenge to Indiana’s trans sports ban dropped

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit challenging an Indiana law that prohibits transgender female students from participating in girls’ school sports was dropped Wednesday just weeks before being heard by a federal appeals court.

An Indianapolis federal judge ruled against the law in August and granted a preliminary injunction allowing a 10-year-old transgender girl to join her school’s all-female softball team in the Indianapolis Public Schools District.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which represented the girl, and the state attorney general’s office on Wednesday filed court documents to dismiss the lawsuit because the girl had recently enrolled in a school in charter not managed by the district.

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

There is an ongoing national debate about the rights of transgender athletes. More than a dozen states have passed laws banning or restricting their participation in sports based on arguments that they have an unfair competitive advantage.

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