COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/AP)-Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that would require transgender athletes to compete on teams representing their assigned gender identity.
The “Save Women’s Sports Act” requires athletes in South Carolina schools from elementary through college level to compete based on the gender to which they were assigned at birth.
The law will prohibit transgender women and girls from competing in groups of women and girls.
The bill went to McMaster’s desk after the House voted to approve the Sentate changes made to the bill last week.
A similar proposal was twice blocked by the House Judiciary Committee in the spring even though nearly a dozen other states, all led by Republicans, passed their own laws prohibiting transgender students from playing on teams. in women’s sports.
In response to the governor’s signature, the SC United coalition for Justice & Equality promised that it would examine “every possible option” to secure dignity and equality for the state’s transgender youth.
“We are heartbroken to see South Carolina lawmakers, and now the governor, ignoring the voices of thousands of South Carolinians-including parents, medical providers, students, faith leaders, and transgender people themselves-stating loudly and clearly that this bill will harm the youth in our state, “Gender Benders Executive Director Campaign for Southern Equality Community Health Program Director Ivy Hill said.” The transgender youth is not a threat to the fairness of the games, and this law now does not need to stigmatize young people who are just trying to navigate their youth, make friends, and build relationships. skills such as teamwork and leadership, winning and losing. “
More than a dozen other conservative states require transgender students to compete on the gender listed on their birth certificates. Idaho passed the first ban in 2020. Its law and similar West Virginia law were blocked by the courts.
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