The state of Alabama is closer than ever to enacting legislation that would protect girls’ sports from competition by biological males.
On Thursday, the state egislature voted to pass a bill that would ban transgender athletes from girls’ school teams, according to The Daily Caller.
If signed into law by the state’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey, the bill would ban K-12 schools from allowing transgender students, especially biological males, from participating on female sports teams. As of this writing, Gov. Ivey has not indicated whether or not she supports and would sign the bill, which passed the state’s GOP-dominated legislature by a vote of 25-5.
Alabama Republican Sen. Garlan Gudger touted the bill as crucial in the effort to “protect the integrity of women’s athletics.”
“I think it is unfair for biological males to compete and beat females in high school sports. There are biological advantages that men possess just naturally because of genetics,” Gudger said.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton, however, said the bill was dangerous and unnecessary, likely making it harder to recruit sporting events and industries to the state.
“We are spending too much time on craziness like this,” Singleton said in a statement not long after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that it would not bring championships into states that ban transgender athletes from competing.
A statement from the NCAA Board of Governors said, in part:
The NCAA has a long-standing policy that provides a more inclusive path for transgender participation in college sports. Our approach — which requires testosterone suppression treatment for transgender women to compete in women’s sports — embraces the evolving science on this issue and is anchored in participation policies of both the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Inclusion and fairness can coexist for all student-athletes, including transgender athletes, at all levels of sport. Our clear expectation as the Association’s top governing body is that all student-athletes will be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that NCAA championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them.
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