In a case watched in Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to temporarily reinstate a West Virginia ban on transgender athletes from competing in female sports.
Without comment, the court voted 7-2 to deny West Virginia's request to set aside a lower-court order blocking the state's 2021 law, which was challenged by a 12-year-old transgender girl.
Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented in the ruling.
Republican Attorney General Kris Kobach had joined in a brief with 20 other states . . .