On Thursday, a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools from allowing biological males to participate in girls’ sports was passed by the Alabama state legislature.
The legislation states that “no public K-12 school may participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events at which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological genders.”
The Alabama Senate is controlled by Republicans and it voted 25-5 in favor of the bill. The Associated Press reported that the House approved the minor alterations the Senate made to the measure in a 76-13 vote.
“I believe that this bill is important, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, to protect the integrity of women’s athletics,” Republican Sen. Garlan Gudger of Cullman said during the debate, per the outlet.
“I think it is an unfair [sic] for biological males to compete and beat females in high school sports. There are biological advantages that men possess just naturally because of genetics,” Gudger said.
This is not the first action that the state legislature has taken on transgender issues. Early last month, the Alabama state Senate voted to make transgender hormone therapy and surgery for children a felony.
As reported by The Daily Wire:
The Alabama state senate voted overwhelmingly this week to make giving children puberty-blockers, hormone therapy, or gender reassignment surgery a felony.
“Senators voted 23-4 to approve the measure, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, sponsored by Republican Senator Shay Shelnutt,” CBS News reported. “The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, which has already approved a companion bill.”
“Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs,” Shelnutt said. “The whole point is to protect kids.”
Democrats and pro-transgender activists were reportedly outraged by the passage of the bill. When faced with the criticism that Republicans were “infringing” on the ability of people to make their own decisions, Shelnutt noted that the state bans minors from other substances, like alcohol and tobacco.
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