Over the past several weeks, the issue of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports has been one of the hottest topics in the headlines. The debate over the fairness of allowing biological males to compete against females is ongoing, but a handful of states are taking matters into their own hands.
Just a few hours ago, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves decided it was in his state’s best interests to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports and the decision to do so will likely draw equal amounts of praise and harsh criticism.
Reuters has the story:
Mississippi’s Republican governor on Thursday signed legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in women and girls’ sports, becoming the first U.S. state to do so this year.
Governor Tate Reeves said a January executive order issued by President Joe Biden that protects transgender women and girls’ ability to compete on sports teams that conform with their gender identity left the state “no choice” but to enact the Mississippi Fairness Act.
“We will protect our young girls and ensure them a fair shot in public school sports. They should not be forced to compete against biological males,” Tate said on Facebook.
Some 37 bills regulating transgender athletes have been introduced in 20 states this year, according to LGBTQ advocates at the Human Rights Campaign.
“Governor Reeves’ eagerness to become the face of the latest anti-transgender push is appalling, as he chooses fear and division over facts and science,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said the “unjust and discriminatory” bill signed by Reeves would subject transgender kids to “more harassment, abuse and violence.”
Idaho passed the first-of-its-kind “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” last year, but it was blocked by a federal judge who found it unconstitutional.
This year, South Dakota legislators also have passed a similar measure, and the state’s Republican governor has vowed to sign it.
Gov. Reeves tweeted the news about his decision on Thursday.
I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice. One of his first acts was to sign an EO encouraging transgenderism in children. So today, I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males. pic.twitter.com/INZgKQRMJr
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 11, 2021
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org