Four States Respond to Biden’s EO – Advance Bills Banning Transgender Athletes From Women’s Sports
Four states have advanced legislation that would ban transgender athletes from competing in the sport that does not match their biological gender. The laws would be in violation of the Biden Administration’s executive order, which mandates schools allow athletes to participate based on what gender they “identify” with or lose federal funding.
Despite the threat from the federal government, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah have moved forward with some version of similar bills.
“I’ve had numerous coaches across the state call me and believe that they feel there’s a need for a policy in Mississippi because they are beginning to have some concerns of having to deal with this,” said Mississippi State Sen. Angela Hill of the state’s new “Mississippi “Fairness Act.”
North Dakota has similar rationale for their version of the bill.
“This is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity and keeping a level playing field in girls’ sports,” said State Rep. Kathy Skroch, adding that the bill would protect “50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination.”
Many states have proposed or advanced similar legislation.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee House of Representatives recently passed its own bill to limit transgender athletes to competing only against those of similar biology. Utah joined these three other states with its own version of such a bill.
A growing number of other states are also considering similar laws. The other states include Oklahoma, South Carolina, Kentucky, and New Hampshire. In a like measure, the state of Iowa is considering a bill to force transgenders to use bathrooms and changing rooms that correspond to their birth gender.
Biden signed the executive order that was aimed at “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” the order says.
But many critics have pushed back against the policy, saying that allowing biological males to compete against biological females would be an unfair advantage that would “destroy women’s sports.”
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