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A West Virginia State University soccer player is seeking to join a lawsuit to support a state law that protects equal opportunity in women’s sports. Representing Lainey Armistead is Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who filed a motion asking a federal district court to allow the college soccer player to defend the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act, House Bill 3293.

In a press release on Sept. 10, Armistead voiced grave concern with biological men competing against women. 

“I believe that protecting fairness in women’s sports is a women’s rights issue,” Armistead said. “This isn’t just about fair play for me: It’s about protecting fairness and safety for female athletes across West Virginia. It’s about ensuring that future generations of female athletes are not discriminated against but have access to the same equal athletic opportunities that shaped my life. Being an athlete in college has made me even more passionate about the sport that I play. I want fairness, equality, and safety in sports. And I want to ensure those standards are protected for other girls, too.”

BREAKING: WVSU soccer player seeks to protect women’s sports

ADF attorneys ask court to allow female athlete to intervene to help defend WV’s Save Women’s Sport Act

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— Alliance Defending Freedom (@AllianceDefends) September 10, 2021

Christiana Holmes, who serves as legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said when Armistead approached the attorneys about the case, she put careful consideration into choosing to intervene. 

“Lainey grew up in a household full of brothers who play soccer, she’s got a dad who coached soccer, who played soccer, and so her entire she life has kicked soccer balls with males and she recognizes that it is not just fairness, but safety is a big concern for her as well,” Holmes said. “So, with all of these considerations, she decided this is something that she felt was important for her voice to be heard.”

The motion to intervene explains, “[Armistead] fears that too many women feel pressured to keep their real views silent, and she fears that girls might consider not playing sports at all

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