This week, Democrat Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a bipartisan bill that would ban biological males from competing against women and girls in sports.
Life Site News reports:
Gov. Edwards suggested that the bill, which protects female athletes from having to play against naturally stronger male competitors, was “discrimination” and called it “a solution in search of a problem,” the Associated Press reported. Edwards, a self-professed Catholic known for laxity on pro-family issues, vowed in April to reject the measure.
Senate Bill 156, or the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, requires public schools to designate sports teams based on biological sex and explicitly states that “teams designated for females are not open to participation by biological males.”
“Scientific studies have established that the benefits that natural testosterone provides to male athletes is not diminished through the use of testosterone suppression,” it says, adding that “[h]aving separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality.”
The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, would prohibit government entities and athletic associations from retaliating against schools that adhere to sex-based standards in sports. Female students impacted by violations of the bill would be able to sue for damages.
The bill passed with bipartisan support, with it being approved 29-6 in the state Senate and 78-19 in the state House.