Just when you think the world couldn’t get any more ridiculous…
Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell filed a lawsuit against Connecticut (naming the Connecticut Association of Schools) over a policy that allows boys pretending to be girls to compete against girls in sports, depriving female athletes an equal opportunity to engage in meaningful competition and a fair chance to win. These girls run track in high school and have lost competitions to boys.
The Daily Wire reported what appears to be interference from the Clinton-appointed federal judge in the case, according to the transcript of a recent hearing. An excerpt (emphasis added):
On Saturday, attorneys representing three female high school track athletes legally moved to call on the judge overseeing their case, Soule et al v. Connecticut Association of Schools et al., to recuse himself after he chastised and forbade the attorneys from describing biologically male transgender athletes as male.
A conference call transcript obtained by The Daily Wire from April 16 included District Judge Robert Chatigny scolding ADF attorneys for describing biologically male trans athletes as male.
“I don’t think we should be referring to the proposed intervenors as ‘male athletes.’ I understand that you prefer to use those words, but they’re very provocative, and I think needlessly so,” he argued. “I don’t think that you surrender any legitimate interest or position if you refer to them as transgender females. That is what the case is about. This isn’t a case involving males who have decided that they want to run in girls’ events. This is a case about girls who say that transgender girls should not be allowed to run in girls’ events.”
Attempting to manipulate language and control how people think, the judge essentially ordered the parties in the case to deny reality.
The lead lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the legal firm representing the girls, reminded the judge that the “entire focus of the case has to do with the fact that male bodies have a physiological advantage over female bodies that gives them an unfair advantage to competition.”
The lawyer added that the legal team could refer to the male athletes’ by their preferred names. People can call themselves anything they’d like, but they can’t force people to say two plus two equals five. Truth is truth, and words have meaning. Regardless of what the judge calls the boys or what the boys call themselves, they are biological males.
ADF’s lawyers want the judge off the case, saying he had “destroyed the appearance of impartiality in this proceeding.”
Photo credit: Alliance Defending Freedom