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Arizona GOP Leaders Seek Emergency Motion to Uphold Transgender Athlete Ban

Republican legislative leaders in Arizona have filed an emergency motion to prevent the enforcement of an injunction that temporarily halted the state’s law banning transgender girls from participating in girls’ school sports teams.

The “Save Women’s Sports Act” Injunction

The injunction, issued in July, cited a lack of evidence supporting the claim that children prescribed puberty blockers would have an athletic advantage or pose a safety risk to other players on girls’ teams.

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Background on the Law

The “Save Women’s Sports Act” was passed in 2022, restricting athletic teams designated for females from being open to transgender girls. The law applies to public schools, higher education institutions, and private schools competing against public schools.

Laws’ Controversy and Legal Challenge

LGBTQ+ community advocates argue that laws like this are harmful to transgender youth. In April, parents of two transgender girls filed a lawsuit challenging the law, claiming it violates Title IX protections against sex-based discrimination in education programs.

Arizona AG’s Disqualification

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, withdrew from defending the law, leaving Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction to take on the task with support from GOP leaders.

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GOP Leaders’ Arguments

Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma filed the recent motion, contending that the state law does not violate Title IX as it allows the separation of sports teams based on biological sex.

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Pursuing Supreme Court

The goal is to escalate the case to the Supreme Court, with Petersen expressing confidence in a favorable outcome. However, the injunction’s continuation puts young girls at risk while participating in sports competitions against boys.

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