Christian School That Protested Trans Player Sues State After Being Banned From Activities

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A Vermont Christian school that forfeited a girls’ high school basketball game because the other team had a transgender player is suing after it was banned from competition.

In March, Mid-Vermont Christian School pulled its girls’ basketball team from a Vermont Division IV state tournament rather than play a team that included a transgender player,  according to Valley News. Vermont law supports men who say they are transgender playing on female sports teams.

“We believe playing against an opponent with a biological male jeopardizes the fairness of the game and the safety of our players,” MVCS head of school Vicky Fogg said in an email at the time. “Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports sets a bad precedent for the future of women’s sports in general.”

Defying the rules led the Vermont Principals’ Association to promptly retaliate.

“Specifically, the school’s actions do not meet the expectations of the VPA’s 1st and 2nd policy, Commitment to Racial, Gender-Fair, and Disability Awareness and Policy of Gender Identity, respectively. Thus, Mid-Vermont Christian school is ineligible to participate in VPA activities going forward,” the group said in a letter to the school.

That led to a lawsuit filed last month by the school, which said it does not follow Vermont’s “orthodoxy on human sexuality and gender. Simply put, the State believes sex is mutable and biological differences do not matter. “

“The State is entitled to its own views, but it is not entitled, nor is it constitutional, to force private, religious schools across the state to follow that orthodoxy as a condition to participating in Vermont’s tuitioning program and the State’s athletic association,” the lawsuit said.

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