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Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird joined 22 other states in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of the rights provided by Title IX for female athletes to have an equal opportunity to be champions in sports.

The brief was filed in support of female athletes in Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools. In that case, athletic associations allowed males to compete against females. The result? Males won 13 of 14 track-and-field championships that female athletes would have otherwise won.

In the brief, the AGs argue for the protection of female sports and the correction of the district court’s flawed understanding of Title IX.

The argument is that the word “sex” in Title IX refers to the “immutable biological binary between males and females that is observed at birth, not to the subjective concept of gender identity.”


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