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Judge rules New York can proceed against transgender athlete ban

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In a significant legal development, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled Thursday that New York state can continue its legal action against Nassau County’s ban on transgender athletes in women’s and girls’ sports teams.

Judge Nusrat Choudhury denied the county’s request for a temporary restraining order against Attorney General Letitia James, indicating that the county did not demonstrate the necessary “irreparable harm” to obtain such immediate relief.

This decision allows the state to move forward in challenging the ban outside New York City, although it leaves the legality of the county’s actions and the state’s lawsuit to be determined later.

The conflict began when Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, issued a cease and desist letter to Nassau County, demanding the repeal of its transgender athlete ban on the grounds of violating New York’s anti-discrimination laws.

This county policy, introduced by Republican Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, restricts transgender women and girls from participating in female sports organizations that use county-owned facilities. Blakeman defended the policy through a federal lawsuit seeking to affirm the ban’s legality and prevent state intervention.