(PatriotWise.com) — A federal judge in Wyoming last week dismissed a lawsuit from the University of Wyoming chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority contesting a transgender woman’s admission, saying he could not overrule how a private organization defines a woman, CBS News reported.
Six members of the sorority filed suit challenging the admission of biological male “Artemis” Langford by questioning whether sorority bylaws permitted admitting men who “identify” as women.
But in his ruling, US District Judge Alan Johnson said the bylaws for Kappa Kappa Gamma do not define what a woman is. The judge said a federal court can’t violate the sorority’s freedom of association by overruling the chapter’s vote to induct Langford last year.
Judge Johnson explained that without a definition of a woman in the sorority’s bylaws, he could not impose the definition given by the six sorority members above the definition provided to the court by the sorority.
Rachel Berkness, the attorney representing “Artemis” Langford, said the allegations never should have been filed. She described the plaintiffs’ claims as “cruel rumors” like those used to “vilify and dehumanize” LGBT people “for generations.”
In their lawsuit, the six sorority members accused Langford of being a “sexual predator.”
In an email to CBS News, the attorney for the six members said they disagreed with Judge Johnson’s ruling, and the central issue in the case, primarily the definition of a woman, remains undecided.
In an appearance on Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” last week, Allison Coghan, one of the six plaintiffs, vowed to keep up the fight to “protect women’s spaces,” telling host Laura Ingraham that they are “just getting started.”
Coghan, who has since graduated, said while she was disappointed by the dismissal, the judge’s ruling has emboldened her to “fight a lot harder” to protect all-female organizations and groups.
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