South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem will Sign Bill Banning Transgender Athletes from Participating in Girls’ Sports

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she will sign a bill that limits girls’ sports at public schools in the state to biological females – hitting back against Joe Biden, who’s pushed to open competition to transgender girls.

The new rule will require parents to submit a signed statement every year vouching for the biological sex of their children who want to participate in sports.

It comes as debate simmers nationally over whether transgender girls and women should be able to participate in sports with biological girls and women – with some arguing that it creates unfair competition.

Mississippi‘s governor said last week that he would sign a similar bill, according to NBC – banning the participation of transgender athletes from competing on girls’ or women’s sports team – making both states the first two in the nation to set policy on the issue.

Noem announced she would sign the bill on Monday afternoon – marking International Women’s Day by ‘defending women’s sports,’ she tweeted.

‘I’m excited to sign this bill very soon.’

KOTA TV reports that the bill passed the state’s senate by a 20-15 vote on Monday, clearing the way for the bill to make its way to Noem’s desk.

In February, the bill easily passed in the House by a 50-17 vote.

Noem has been listed as a presidential contender for 2024 and spoke at the Conservative Political Action Committee last month – signaling her interest on the national stage.

Her support for the bill drew condemnation from liberal groups in South Dakota.

‘In an attempt to ‘level the playing field,’ House Bill 1217 excludes an entire group of women and girls from meaningful participation in sports,’ ACLU of South Dakota advocacy manager Jett Jonelis said.

‘House Bill 1217 isn’t about protecting fairness in women’s sports. It’s about erasing and excluding trans people from participation in all aspects of public life.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Holden Walter-Warner