The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) angry it has been required to treat the transgender defendants respectfully has asked the presiding judge to remove himself from the case.
ESPN reports that the lawyers for the four female runners who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny showed bias during a conference call last month when he ordered them to use the term transgender female, which he said was “consistent with science, common practice and perhaps human decency.”
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The plaintiffs, who are represented by attorneys from the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, contend the transgender athletes have an unfair biological advantage in athletic competition that violates Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.
NPR station WSHU reports that Judge Chatigny asked an attorney from the ADF not to refer to the transgender girls as male, which he said was consistent with science and human decency. Attorneys for the ADF say the judge’s request destroys the appearance of impartiality in his judgment.
Judge Chatigny has not indicated when he will issue a ruling on ADF’s recusal request.
The transgender girls at the center of the lawsuit are represented by the ACLU of Connecticut.