CV NEWS FEED // Efforts to protect women’s sports are gaining steam, with lawmakers in two states introducing bills against efforts to allow biological males to compete against females.
North Dakota’s House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would ensure only biological females could compete in female sports teams. The bill has yet to pass the state Senate.
That same day, the Mississippi Senate passed a similar bill, which will soon be considered by the state House.
Both bills passed with wide margins of favorable votes (65-26 in the North Dakota House and 34-9 in the Mississippi Senate).
These efforts are representative of a growing backlash against attempts by LGBT movement leaders to push the right of male-bodied athletes to compete against girls and women.
The defense of women’s sports has enjoyed some bipartisan support.
Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, has praised “Title IX’s original intent which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex.”
In December 2020, Gabbard introduced a bipartisan bill, the Protect Women’s Sports Act, which she said would help ensure “women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field.”