Utah AG Moves to Dismiss Lawsuits Involving Participation of Transgender Athletes in High School Sports

Jul 29, 2022

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against two school districts, their superintendents, and the Utah High School Activities Association, which seeks to pave the way for the participation of transgender athletes in high school sports competition in the state. The plaintiffs allege the new state law, HB 11, violates the Utah Constitution. From the filing, the state notes that this case confronts the “intersection of an emerging social challenge confronting policymakers worldwide: how to best preserve fair competition and safety in women’s sports while also accommodating the interests of transgender persons in social interactions (here, high school sports) that align with their gender identity.” The state argued that the plaintiffs do not allege viable claims under the Constitution and that the legislature is best situated and constitutionally vested with the power to balance the competing interests at stake. The state also filed its opposition to Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction that would enjoin the law pending litigation.

Here are the links to the motions: