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Federal court allows 2 boys to join Twin Cities girls dance teams

ST. PAUL — Two teenage boys must be allowed to try out for the girls competitive dance teams at their Twin Cities high schools, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, March 6.

Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald, juniors at high schools in Roseville and Hopkins, respectively, sued the the Minnesota State High School League last summer after their schools prohibited them from participating because MSHSL bylaws do not allow boys to compete on high school dance teams. Represented by attorneys from the Sacramento, Calif.-based Pacific Legal Foundation, Moua and Greenwald argued that these bylaws violate their 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

While the case works its way through the federal court system, the boys sought an injunction against the league that would allow them to compete on their dance teams in the meantime. That injunction was denied in September, but the three-judge appeals panel in St. Paul overturned that ruling Wednesday.

The MSHSL referred questions about the case to its attorney, who did not respond to a request for comment late Wednesday evening.