Montana has become the latest of a string of states to pass legislation requiring student-athletes to participate in competitive sports according to their biological sex, not their “gender identity.”
According to Fox News, Governor Greg Gianforte (R) signed HB 112 late last week. Making its way to the governor’s desk with the support of many in the state’s Republican-dominated legislature, the bill requires state schools to limit participation in sports based on “biological sex” and stipulates that women’s and girls’ sports teams “may not be open to students of the male sex.”
In spite of the state’s conservative majority, the bill sparked no shortage of contention within the legislature. Lawmakers eventually passed the bill with an amendment that would render it void if the U.S. government withheld federal funding in response to the ban, and if state efforts to appeal such punishments failed.
Montana joins a slew of other states which have proposed or passed legislation in the interest of protecting girls’ and women’s sports in public schools and colleges, arguing that biological males have an irrevocable physical advantage over girls regardless of whether or not they are receiving hormone treatments or have had surgery.
In a blog post lauding the passage of the bill, the Family Research Council called the move “a beacon of hope” and “a breath of fresh air:”
HB 112 is an encouraging watermark in a rising river of positive legislation that is increasingly responding to dangerous ideologies being propagated at the expense of adolescents’ health and well-being.
His actions are encouraging and should be noted by his Republican counterparts, who should also note that the Arkansas SAFE Act broke the issue’s glass ceiling by defying the status quo and addressing an underlying need to protect minors.
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