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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Ohio is the latest state moving to protect sex-based standards against transgender ideology after Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives passed new sports regulations on Thursday.
House lawmakers yesterday approved Senate Bill 187, which allows college athletes to profit from their “name, image, and likeness” (NIL). Just beforehand, however, Republicans amended the bill to add a section banning biological males from competing against females in high school and college sports, according to local news reports.
Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, introduced the amendment Thursday night, sending the Ohio House into chaos as Democrats banged on their desks and tried to disrupt proceedings.
On Ohio House floor: Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) proposes amendment to ban transgender women from participating in women sports, as Democrats try to make a point of order eventually yelling and pounding on desks pic.twitter.com/Nct43Cn4yO
— Andy Chow (@andy_chow) June 24, 2021
Powell, along with Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, R-Paris Township, had sponsored a bill titled “Save Women’s Sports Act,” though it had stalled in committee for months. Unlike the Senate Bill 187 amendment, the Save Women’s Sports Act includes a provision banning all students, not just males, from competing on teams of the opposite sex, as well as a measure requiring input from medical professionals in disputed cases.
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.
This also explains why this petition is still ongoing. Please SIGN and SHARE.
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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“Across our country, female athletes are currently losing scholarships, opportunities, medals and training opportunities,” Powell said during debate of the amendment on the House floor. “We have different body mass, a different muscle mass, a different bone structure, different lung capacities,” Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Cincinnati, added.
The House passed the sports fairness amendment by a 54-40 vote. Senate Bill 187 ultimately passed 57-36, with one Republican joining all Democrats in opposition.
The amended bill now will go to the Senate, though Republican senators have signaled unwillingness to support the new provisions. The Senate on Thursday modified legislation about military IDs that the House already OK’ed, adding “name, likeness, and image” language and unanimously voting to send it back to the lower chamber without Powell’s amendment.
Sen. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, sponsor of SB 187, tweeted Thursday that he will “strongly pursue” an NIL bill “by the July 1, 2021 deadline,” making no mention of the transgender ban. The Ohio legislature goes into recess on July 1, by which time Republican senators and other supporters of Senate Bill 187 wanted to pass a final version, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine also noted his disapproval of the amended version of Senate Bill 187. “This issue is best addressed outside of government, through individual sports leagues and athletic associations, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association, who can tailor policies to meet the needs of their member athletes and member institutions,” DeWine, who is up for re-election next year, said in a statement on Friday.
Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the governor, did not confirm whether DeWine would veto a bill prohibiting transgender-identifying males from girls’ sports. “It’s premature to comment since it’s still working through the legislative process,” Tierney said, according to cleveland.com. Gov. DeWine has been known for accommodation on LGBT issues, as with an executive order he promulgated in 2019 that placed “gender identity” among protected classes like race and age.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) currently allows gender-confused males to compete against females if they have taken hormones for at least one year or if they can present “evidence” that they do not possess “physiological advantages” over females. Research shows that males outperform women in physical competitions after even multiple years of hormone drugs, however.
The OHSAA has approved 48 cases of gender-confused students seeking to compete in high school sports, including 11 males, since September 2015, the Associated Press said.