The state House in Mississippi on Wednesday passed legislation designed to protect female sports by banning biological males from competing in women’s sports.
An overwhelming vote of 81-28 allowed for the passage of the ‘Mississippi Fairness Act.’
The Senate last month passed the bill in a similar landslide fashion, with a vote count of 34-9.
The act requires that any public school or institution of higher learning designate their sports teams according to biological sex.
How we got here as a society that makes such legislation necessary is remarkable.
“The legislation would make sure athletic teams designated for females would not be open to male students,” Secretary of State Michael Watson said in a Facebook post following the Senate vote.
In a follow-up celebrating the House passage of the bill Watson described it as “a significant piece of legislation for Mississippi and all of our daughters.”
Former President Donald Trump, during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past weekend, hammered Democrats for refusing to protect the integrity of women’s sports.
“[President] Joe Biden and the Democrats are even pushing policies that would destroy women’s sports,” Trump lamented. “Now, young girls and women are incensed that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males.”
“It’s not good for women,” he added. “It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they are.”
The Mississippi bill protecting female sports now moves onto the desk of Republican Governor Tate Reeves for approval.
“If we do not move to protect female sports from biological males who have an unfair physiological advantage, we will eventually no longer have female sports,” Republican state Sen. Angela Hill, the bill’s author said.
One of the biggest proponents of protecting women’s sports – as Mississippi has – is a former presidential candidate and former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI).
Gabbard introduced a bill late last year that would force Title IX protections to be applied based on biological sex.
Her legislation, she explained, “was created out of this recognition that there is a biological distinction between men and women and boys and girls and … because of that there needs to be a level playing field for girls and women to be able to compete and play in sports.”
The bill currently only has five Republican co-sponsors.
Gabbard has been slammed as transphobic and bigoted for her pro-women’s legislation, but hasn’t wavered.
“My ‘Protect Women’s Sports Act’ is based on science,” Gabbard responded to the criticism.
“It is a scientifically established fact that there is such a thing as a man and a woman. It’s also common sense,” she added.
“So, it is the height of hypocrisy for those who claim to be advocates for women’s rights to deny that there is even such a thing as a woman, biologically speaking, to deny the very biological distinction that makes women women, and not men.”
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