Becoming the first state in the nation to do so, Idaho has adopted legislation banning transgender-identifying individuals from altering their sex marker on their birth certificates and another preserving women’s athletics as female-only.
Late Monday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two bills into law amid growing resistance to transgender ideology in politically conservative state legislatures. The bills are called the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” and the “Vital Statistics Act.”
The sports bill would require high school-aged girls to prove their sex through a physical exam, DNA test or testosterone levels test in order to participate in high school sports. The statistics bill requires birth records and other relevant official documents to note the biological sex of a person, rejecting a previous federal court ruling which held that banning Gov. Brad Littlebirth certificate alterations is unconstitutional.
“I applaud Governor Little for setting a precedent and standing up for females by signing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. We should not force females to compete against males, it’s that simple,” said Beth Stelzer, founder of the nonpartisan Save Women’s Sports, in an email to The Christian Post on Tuesday.
“Women and girls deserve sex-segregated sports teams and locker rooms. I believe this is the start of our government turning in favor of the truth; there are two sexes, they are immutable, and biological sex cannot be conflated with ‘gender identity.'”
The American Civil Liberties Union promised to fight the new laws.
“The ACLU will see the governor in court. We encourage all Idahoans to email, call, and tweet Gov. Little to express outrage and disappointment at wasting precious taxpayer resources on blatantly anti-transgender bills at a time when we should be coming together for the health and well-being of our people,” the group said in a statement.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter