SC attorney general joins 20 states filing brief in support of fairness in women’s sports

Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 12:29 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined attorneys general from 20 other states to file a brief in support of fairness in women’s sports.

According to the office, the brief is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to remove an injunction blocking West Virginia’s enforcement of its Save Women’s Sports Act (HB 3293).

Under the Act, all biological males, including those who identify as transgender, are ineligible for participation on female sports teams.

Officials said the law would prevent biological males from participating on female sports teams and taking athletic opportunities away from females.

“Basic fairness in sports has always been a principle that we all follow, whether it be age or other criteria. We should follow it here as well,” Attorney General Wilson said.

According to Attorney General Wilson, in a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated a preliminary injunction the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia had initially issued against the Act in July 2021.

In a later ruling this past January, the same district court dissolved that preliminary injunction, holding that the state legislature’s definition of “girl” and “woman” in the context of the Save Women’s Sports Act is “constitutionally permissible”--and that the law complies with Title IX.

The brief explains that the Fourth Circuit improperly enjoined West Virginia’s statute after a district court had held it constitutional.

Additionally, the brief argues that the U.S. Constitution “does not compel West Virginia to classify biological males as girls,” though the plaintiff in the case is seeking to compel the state to “adjust the contours” of the “state’s definition of ‘girl’ and boy.’” The brief also explains that forcing states cannot “coherently classify men and women based on private, ‘internal,’ ‘fluid’ feelings that might not even be ‘visible to others.’”

Other states joining the brief include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.