Tennessee has just become the third state to mandate that student athletes compete based on their biological sex at birth, a move that would bar men who “identify as women” from taking over women’s sports and devaluing the concept of womanhood as a whole.
Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, signed the common-sense legislation into law on March 26. The measure aligns Tennessee with Mississippi and Arkansas in protecting girl’s athletics, reports Finance Magazine.
“I signed the bill to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition,” Gov. Lee announced on Twitter. “This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in opposition to the years of progress made under Title IX and I commend members of the General Assembly for their bipartisan work.”
The bill has predictably sparked outrage from pro-transgender activists, who claim that the law is discriminatory against men who feel they should be encouraged in their efforts to pretend to be women. The ACLU is already threatening lawsuits if the law is enforced.
“Governor Lee’s rush to discriminate against transgender children is appalling. Transgender people have the right to participate in sports consistent with who they are, just like everyone else. Denying this right is pure discrimination,” the ACLU stated. “Should any student be excluded because of this shameful legislation, we will see him in court.”
At least 21 states are currently taking steps to protect girls’ athletics, however, as it becomes increasingly obvious that the biological differences between the genders give a definite advantage to men.
These states are seeking protection for their students after Joe Biden rammed through an executive order saying transgender students must be allowed to play on whatever team they want unless a state law prohibits it.