Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law on Tuesday protecting the future of women’s sports in public schools – a move that liberals are losing their minds over.
The law signed by DeSantis, limits girls’ sports at public schools to biological girls – preventing transgender athletes from competing with naturally born females.
“[Sports] took me to college. It’s taken many of our girls to college, to be able to get an education and to compete. We believe that it is very important that the integrity of those competitions are preserved,” DeSantis said before he signed the bill at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.
“In Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports, and boys are going to play boys’ sports,” he said.
“The bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida. It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females, and we’re going to go based off biology, not based off ideology, when we’re doing sports. The bill defines a student’s biological sex based on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth.”
Taking it a step further, the proposal allows for students to sue if their school allows a transgender girl or woman to play on a team intended for biological females.
“We’re also putting in statute ways to actually vindicate the rights of any women athletes who may be discriminated against. Moving forward, any student who’s deprived of an athletic opportunity as a result of a violation of this law will have a right to civil remedies,” DeSantis said.
Selina Soule, a prominent women’s rights activist who used to be a high school track athlete in Connecticut, praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during a press conference on Tuesday for signing the new bill into law.
Soule told her story about how she missed out on countless opportunities as a track athlete in Connecticut because she and other female athletes consistently lost to two biological males who competed against them.
“I would wake up every morning eager to get on the track, waiting to run waiting to jump. I love my sport. I’ve spent countless hours training to shave fractions of a second off of my time, so I could be the best because I race to win. But my chances of being first, of being the best, were shattered,” Soule said.
“In 2017, Connecticut began allowing two male athletes who self-identify as girls to compete in girls’ sports. During all four years of high school I was forced to compete against them, even though they were bigger, stronger and faster than me because they were male. In just three years, these two athletes won 15 Women’s Championship titles, and they set 17 new individual meet records, records which we girls had no hope of breaking.”
“So I decided to take action. Three of my fellow female athletes tonight filed a lawsuit last year with the Alliance Defending Freedom against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference because girls and women deserve the chance to compete on a fair playing field. After reviewing the Fairness and Women’s Sports Act, all I can say on behalf of all female athletes is thank you, Governor.”
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried – a potential Democratic contender for governor – blasted the move by DeSantis to protect girls’ futures in sports.
“By signing a heartless ban on transgender kids in sports, @GovRonDeSantis is marginalizing an entire community. Signing it on the first day of #Pride2021 is especially cruel. Florida should stand for inclusivity, equality, and liberty — not peddling hate for political points,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Arkansas, Mississippi and other red states that have taken legislative action to limit transgender athletes in girls’ sports say they are ready to defend their laws in court.
Author: Bruce Cato