Idaho Blocks Men From Competing in Women’s Sports
Idaho’s Republican Governor, Brad Little, has signed the “Fairness of Women in Sports Act” which prohibits men from competing against women.
NBC News reports: “The sports ban applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.”
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner told the Daily Wire:
“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities.”
“We commend Gov. Little for signing the Fairness for Women in Sports Act into law so that those opportunities will be protected in Idaho. When the law ignores biological differences, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm.”
“When we ignore biological reality, female athletes lose medals, podium spots, public recognition, and opportunities to compete.”
Chelsea Mitchell, a high-school track star that has competed against men and is represented by ADF, praised Governor Little for the bill.
“I am so happy that female athletes in Idaho will not have to face an unfair playing field as I have in Connecticut.”
“I have lost four state championships because my state’s policy ignores the physical advantages males have over females in sports and allows males to compete in the girls’ category. Four times I was the fastest female in my race, but I didn’t get the gold medal or the state title; the males in my race took that honor. I have watched this happen over and over again in my sport in Connecticut, as so many girls have been impacted.”
“It isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. We need separate sports categories based on biological sex in order to fairly compete. Idaho has now set the example for other states to follow.”
ACLU has already criticized Governor Little and is filing a lawsuit in an attempt to allow men to dominate women’s sports.