Commonwealth Court tackles boys playing girls' sports in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 28, 2013 2:32 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A state judge is declining to intervene in the growing issue of boys playing in sports traditionally reserved for girls, saying a previous court ruling doesn't necessarily prohibit the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association from banning the practice.

Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson has turned down a request by the PIAA to modify a landmark 1975 state court ruling that required schools to let girls play on boys' teams.

He says he can't issue an advisory position about whether a ban on boys playing girls' sports would be constitutional and notes it's up to the
association to adopt a new policy, and then see if someone challenges it in court.

A PIAA lawyer says it's likely the organization will consider such a policy for the next school years.

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