Split 9th Circ. OKs Pageant's 'Natural Born Female' Rule

A split Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a finding that the First Amendment shields Miss United States of America's "natural born female" pageant requirement from a transgender woman's claim it violates an Oregon anti-discrimination law, with a judge writing in dissent that the majority ignores the "well-settled principle" of constitutional avoidance.

Split 9th Circ. OKs Pageant's 'Natural Born Female' Rule
A split Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a finding that the First Amendment shields Miss United States of America's "natural born female" pageant requirement from a transgender woman's claim it violates an Oregon anti-discrimination law, with a judge writing in dissent that the majority ignores the "well-settled principle" of constitutional avoidance.