Beauty Pageant Has First Amendment Right to Bar Trans Participant, Judges Rule

The operator of the beauty pageant Miss United States of America cannot be forced to include transgender women in their competition, a federal court ruled Wednesday.

The lawsuit was rejected on the basis that it would infringe on the pageant’s freedom to express “the ideal vision of American womanhood,” San Francisco’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

In an update to Apple iOS devices, Twitter on Saturday said users who “sign up now” can receive the blue check next to their names “just like the celebrities, companies and politicians you already follow”. So far, verified accounts do not appear to be losing their checks.