Idaho Senate Approves Bill Banning Transgender Athletes From Women's Sports
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act passed Senate
The Idaho Senate voted to approve a new bill that would effectively ban transgender people - biological males who identify as female - from competing in girls’ and women’s athletic teams.
The House must approve a Senate amendment to the bill before sending it to the desk of Gov. Brad Little (R) for his signature.
The state approval means Idaho could be the first in the nation to protect female sports from transgender ideology.
Meanwhile, LGBT activists are trying to shame members of the Idaho legislature who voted for the bill.
Education organization, GLSEN, that frequently pushes LGBT sexual relationships and gender ideology on schools, tweeted: “This is downright shameful."
“In the face of a global pandemic, the #Idaho Senate spent yesterday passing a dangerous bill that singles out #transgender students for discrimination," the organization added.
“We are not trying to do anything except save women’s sports for girls and women,” said Idaho Sen. Mary Souza (R), one of the bill’s sponsors.
Souza informed lawmakers fearful of the bill drawing a lawsuit that a “third-party group that has been working with us on this bill … will be responsible for any legal defense fees.”
“So, is there a problem now?” she asked, and added:
Left-wing media outlet Vox also tried to shame Idaho lawmakers who voted to approve the transgender ban from sports.
The headline on its story about the bill read:
“While the country deals with the coronavirus, Idaho state legislators prioritize banning trans athletes.”
This is downright shameful: In the face of a global pandemic, the #Idaho Senate spent yesterday passing a dangerous bill that singles out #transgender students for discrimination. https://t.co/LY5vOhb5b1 #IDLeg— GLSEN (@GLSEN) March 17, 2020
Hey #IDLeg: How about we all come together to find solutions during this global crisis – and drop this senseless attack on #transgender students? Stop #HB500! (cc: @GovernorLittle) https://t.co/ptk9slteWx— GLSEN (@GLSEN) March 16, 2020
Last year, Neon Nettle reported the majority of the public opposes biological male transgender athletes competing against females in women's sports, according to polls.
Research carried out by Rasmussen Reports reveals that, although a small number of Democrats believe born-male athletes should be allowed to compete in women's events, most other people feel it should be stopped.
Allowing biological men to "identify" as a woman to compete against women is opposed two-to-one by adults, independents, parents, and middle-class voters, says the poll.
Last month, Missouri state lawmakers weighed in on a proposal that would restrict transgender high school pupils from competing in teams that don't match their biological gender.
State Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-Shelby County, argued that transgender athletes have an unfair advantage over those who are competing with their identifying birth gender, according to Springfield’s KY3.
“It is a known biological fact that males are born with categorically superior strength, speed, and endurance,” O’Laughlin said.
“It has nothing to do with any other issue than trying to create a fair playing field.”