BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, June 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) rejected bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that would ban gender-confused males from competing against women and girls.
Gov. Edwards suggested that the bill, which protects female athletes from having to play against naturally stronger male competitors, was “discrimination” and called it “a solution in search of a problem,” the Associated Press reported. Edwards, a self-professed Catholic known for laxity on pro-family issues, vowed in April to reject the measure.
Senate Bill 156, or the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, requires public schools to designate sports teams based on biological sex and explicitly states that “teams designated for females are not open to participation by biological males.”
“Scientific studies have established that the benefits that natural testosterone provides to male athletes is not diminished through the use of testosterone suppression,” it says, adding that “[h]aving separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality.”
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, would prohibit government entities and athletic associations from retaliating against schools that adhere to sex-based standards in sports. Female students impacted by violations of the bill would be able to sue for damages.
Lawmakers passed the bipartisan Fairness in Women’s Sports Act with veto-proof margins last month, approving it 29-6 in the state senate and 78-19 in the house. The bill won the backing of over a dozen Democrats, including three who co-sponsored it.
Louisiana’s regular legislative session is over, but GOP House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on Tuesday called for a special session to try to override Gov. Edwards’ veto. Senate President Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) has not declared his position, local newspaper Houma Today reported.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) also endorsed a veto session, slamming the governor’s “disrespect for women by vetoing this bipartisan bill” as “both disappointing and irresponsible.” “With growing support from citizens and legislators all across the state, the Louisiana Legislature has the opportunity to right this wrong,” Landry said on Wednesday.
If the legislature does convene a special session, it would be held in late July, according to Houma Today. It is unclear whether the bipartisan coalition that supported Senate Bill 156 will hold together after the veto.
Adoption of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act would make Louisiana one of several states this year to enact broadly popular laws to protect women’s sports against transgenderism, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
UPDATE (1/29/21) - On day one of the new administration, Biden signed an Executive Order dismantling girls sports, and allowing biological boys back into girls locker-rooms.
The order declares: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports. . . . All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
This affront to reason effectively signals an end to girls' and women's sports, and diminishes their effort to compete on a level playing field.
Though this petition has already been delivered once, we will deliver new signatures to the US Dept of Education when restrictions permit, in honor of Selina Soule, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2019.
UPDATE (5/29/20) - US Dep’t of Education: Letting males compete in girls’ sports violates female athletes’ civil rights
UPDATE (2/13/20) - Selina Soule and two other Connecticut high school girl track athletes, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, have sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to stop boys who claim to be girls from competing in their sport.
Soule is the same high school girl who, last year, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That complaint is still ongoing, as the OCR has not yet handed down its guidance ruling.
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But, with another track season soon coming to an end, the girls' attorneys have asked the Court for an injunction that would stop the CIAC from implementing its current policy while the lawsuit proceeds.
Soule, Smith, and Mitchell will soon run in regional and state meets, competing for state championships. This year, they would like to have the opportunity to win, fair and square.
Please learn more about the latest news concerning this case, here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/three-girls-sue-state-to-stop-boys-who-say-theyre-girls-from-competing-in-their-sport
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Selina Soule is a female athlete who now must compete against biological males because of Connecticut's policy requiring that boys who identify as girls be admitted into girls' sports competitions.
But, when boys compete in girls' sports, they win because they have a natural advantage. It's scientifically proven, and it's also common sense.
This crushes the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field, only to enter into competitions which they can never win, despite all of their efforts.
It also puts girls into harm's way in contact sports, AND it deprives female athletes of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and other accolades.
This is wrong! And, that's why this URGENT petition supports Selina and all the other female athletes out there, who have put in the hours on the track or on the court.
Please SIGN this common sense petition supporting Selina Soule's complaint to the Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against Connecticut's discriminatory policy.
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Similar measures are pending in Wisconsin and Ohio, among other states. Texas also could revive a sports fairness bill killed by Republican leaders last month in an upcoming special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
The unprecedented wave of state-level rebukes to the transgender movement has come amid threats of retaliation by the NCAA, which Gov. Edwards emphasized in his statement on Tuesday, as well as pushback by top companies and the Biden administration. Warnings from the NCAA that it will pull games out of states that refuse to comply with pro-transgender policies nevertheless have largely failed to materialize.
Liberal athletic rules, like those embraced by the NCAA and other athletic associations, have cost female athletes numerous titles and opportunities in recent years, as gender-confused males have swept women’s athletic championships across the country.