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Mississippi passes bill limiting transgender student athletes

Mississippi’s Republican Gov vows to sign into law bill that bans transgender students from competing against females in the state’s schools and universities

  • The Mississippi House passed a bill on Wednesday that bans transgender student-athletes from competing on girls’ or women’s sports teams
  • The bill, which was voted 81-28, will now go to Republican Gov Tate Reeves in the next several days 
  • He is expected to sign the bill – called the Mississippi Fairness Act – into law
  • Mississippi is one of more than 20 states seeking to ban trans students from competing in female school sports
  • It comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order January 20 that bans discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere 
  • Gov Reeves is the father of three daughters and has previously spoken of his opposition to Biden’s executive order 

Mississippi‘s Republican Governor Tate Reeves has vowed to sign into law a bill that bans transgender student athletes from competing against young females.

The bill, which was voted on 81-28, was passed in Mississippi House on Wednesday and will be passed on to Reeves to sign it into law. 

Mississippi is one of more than 20 states that want to ban transgender students from competing in female school sports because critics say they have an unfair advantage. 

Addressing the bill, which is called the Mississippi Fairness Act, Reeves said: ‘I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities. 

‘It’s crazy we have to address it, but the Biden (executive order) forced the issue. Adults? That’s on them. But the push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong.’   

It comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order the day he took office  that bans discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere. 

Mississippi’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves has vowed to sign into law a bill that bans transgender student athletes from competing against young females

Gov Reeves is the father of three daughters and has previously spoken of his opposition to Biden’s executive order. 

‘I am so disappointed over President Biden’s actions to force young girls like them to compete with biological males for access to athletics,’ Reeves tweeted in response to Biden’s executive order.

‘I don’t understand why politicians are pushing children into transgenderism in the first place. I certainly don’t understand why the President chose to make it a priority. And my heart breaks for the young women across America who will lose in this radical social experiment.’  

Mississippi Republican Rep. Becky Currie told the House on Wednesday that ‘Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field.

‘Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities.’  

Currie said she would not take any questions from colleagues because she believed everyone had already decided how to vote.

‘I’m not interested in getting into an argument with you on who’s boys and who’s girls and who thinks they’re what,’ Currie said. 

Just last week, the Justice Department withdrew from a lawsuit - brought by several female Connecticut students - aiming to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls' high school sports. The lawsuit centered on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller (in red) and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors

Just last week, the Justice Department withdrew from a lawsuit – brought by several female Connecticut students – aiming to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school sports. The lawsuit centered on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller (in red) and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors

Mississippi Republican Rep. Becky Currie (above) told the House on Wednesday that 'Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field

Mississippi Republican Rep. Becky Currie (above) told the House on Wednesday that ‘Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field

The House voted 81-28 to pass Senate Bill 2536. Six representatives did not vote and seven voted ‘present,’ which counts neither for nor against the bill.

The Republican-controlled state Senate passed the bill 34-9 back on February 11, with five senators not voting and four voting ‘present’. 

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Angela Hill, said that ‘numerous coaches’ had called her wanting a ban. 

It is not clear how many transgender athletes are competing in Mississippi.

Supporters of bills such as the one in Mississippi argue that transgender girls, because they were born male, are naturally stronger, faster and bigger than those born female. 

Opponents, however, say such proposals violate not only Title IX of federal education law prohibiting sex discrimination, but also rulings by the US Supreme Court and 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Just last week, the Justice Department withdrew from a lawsuit – brought by several female Connecticut students – aiming to prevent transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school sports. 

The lawsuit centered on two transgender sprinters, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood, who have frequently outperformed their cisgender competitors. 

The two seniors combined to win 15 girls state indoor or outdoor championship races since 2017, according to the lawsuit. 

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