Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Mairead Elordi.
Four female athletes who sued over a Connecticut transgender sports policy lost their case in federal court on Friday.
A three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision to throw out the girls' case, which was seeking to scrap a policy that allows biological males to compete on girls' sports teams in Connecticut.
The four track athletes, Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, Alanna Smith, Ashley Nicoletti, and their mothers had argued in their suit that Connecticut's high school sports authority's policy allowing transgender students to compete on girls' teams disadvantages female athletes and has caused them to lose out on opportunities and awards.
They had asked the court for an injunction to erase the victories of two biological male transgender athletes, who broke 17 girls' track records and snagged 15 women's state track championship titles.
In 2019, two transgender athletes finished ahead of Soule, causing her to miss out on qualifying for finals and the opportunity to compete before college scouts. Mitchell has missed out on the state champion title four different times because she finished behind transgender athletes.
However, the judges were not convinced.
"Like the district court, we are unpersuaded, with respect to the claim for an injunction to alter the records, that Plaintiffs have established the injury in fact and redressability requirements for standing; both fail for reasons of speculation,"
the judges wrote.
The judges said that because the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports, "did not have adequate notice that the Policy violates Title IX - indeed, they had notice to the contrary - Plaintiffs' claims for damages must be dismissed."