A group that supports Christian athletes is applauding efforts by a group of state attorneys general who have joined the fight to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school athletics.
The Friday before Thanksgiving, 14 Republican attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Idaho's "Fairness in Women's Sports Act," which is the focus of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU – along with Legal Voice, a progressive feminist group – seeks to overturn the law.
The brief, written by the office of the AG of Nebraska, Douglas Peterson, argues that the act "draws a straightforward distinction based on biological sex and prevents biological males (regardless of how they identify) from participating in women's sports."
Joining the Nebraska attorney general are his counterparts from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Steve McConkey of 4 WINDS USA says the brief is encouraging. "This is very good sign for this amount of attorney generals at one time to come together," he offers.
The lawsuit is asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge David Nye's injunction that prohibits enforcement of the act.
"I think that you're going to see more people stand up and get involved," McConkey adds. "And I think more attorneys general are going to get involved in this."
Idaho is the first state in the nation to ban athletes born male from participating in girls' and women's sports at public schools and universities.
Since 2003, McConkey has been battling against the pro-transgender policies of the International Olympic Committee. Ten years later he began standing up worldwide in support of Christian athletes in all sports.