Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis said he plans to sign legislationfrom competing in girls’ and women’s educational sports. “Oh, yeah, we’re going to protect our girls,” Mr. DeSantis said at a televised town hall of red-state governors held by Fox News host . If signed, the bill would make Florida the sixth state this , and the seventh overall, to enact legislation preventing biological males from participating on female sports teams, either at the secondary school or college level or both. Idaho became the first state to approve such a law, which was blocked by a federal judge who issued a preliminary injunction pending the outcome of a legal battle.
“I have a four-year-old daughter and a one-year-old daughter, and they’re both very athletic,” Mr. DeSantis said. “We want to have opportunities for our girls. They deserve an even playing field, and we’re doing that.” More states could join them. A similar bill has reached Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk in Montana, and in Iowa and Texas said Thursday that they would sign such legislation if passed by their state legislatures. “I’m going to do what’s right for my state; I’m going to do what’s right for girls,” said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at the town hall. “I’m the mom of three daughters, and the grandmother of three granddaughters who compete, and it’s the right thing to do. They should have the same opportunities.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that the University Interscholastic League in Texas already has rules requiring student-athletes to compete based on biological sex.
“But the Texas legislature is working on a bill to codify that, which I will sign,” said Mr. Abbott.
may compete in boys’ and men’s athletics.
Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David decried Thursday the passage of the “hateful”that pass such legislation.
“Ultimately, this bill will not just hurt transgender kids; it will hurt all Floridians because the consequences of this law — economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded, and a tarnished reputation — will ripple across the state,” said Mr. David.
Similar bills were vetoed earlier thisby Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, and Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican, who said there had been no example in his state of a transgender athlete seeking to join female teams and expressed confidence in the state’s educational athletic authority to handle the issue.
Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, vetoed a measure that would have applied to K-12 and university sports. Shortly after, they barring transgender participation on female teams at the secondary-school level but not in college.