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South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Banning Transgender Participation in Girls’ Sports

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Kristi Noem
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is protecting young females in athletics by signing a bill that will ban transgender athletes from competing as females in girls’ or women’s school sports. “This bill’s about fairness,” said Noem, a Republican, during a news conference Thursday. “It’s about allowing biological females…to compete fairly on a level playing field that gives them opportunities for success,” she said.

Senate Bill 46 defends Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in school and education programs on the basis of sex, suggests Noem. “Title IX fought for that years and years ago and I’ve been doing this for years, which started, man, almost five years ago now in the sport of rodeo, where we protected girls’ events,” Noem said last month.

The latest push for this legislation is in part over frustration that similar legislation was not passed last year. Critics accused Noem of controversially vetoing a bill last year, “sending it back to the legislature with requests to change provisions related to college sports, which she said would be unworkable for organizations that compete on a national level” reports Fox News.

Noem insists, “I did not veto a bill. What I did was, I asked my legislature for changes, and they rejected it. So immediately that very same day I put executive orders in place to protect girls’ sports.”

Opponents of the bill claim it opens up vulnerability to lawsuits from the NCAA, jeopardizing the state’s ability to hold nationally sanctioned events. However, Noem’s office states that is not a concern for them, citing other states that have taken similar action.

“Governor Noem is confident that the NCAA will not pull events,” said the governor’s Communications Director Ian Fury. “Look at the states with SEC schools that have passed similar legislation – the NCAA has done nothing to threaten their events.”

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Elvin Wichterman

    February 6, 2022 at 9:58 am

    About time someone did something
    Republicans are a fair weather friend and a joke.

  2. Sandy Hogan

    February 6, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    They should just create another class; mens, women, transgender. They could let them complete with the women, but would only win amongst other transgenders. There stats would not affect the “womens” results.

  3. Brian

    February 6, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Finally! An adult in the room to protect the rights of female athletes!

  4. John R. Murphy

    February 7, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    GOOD FOR KRISTI SHE COULDN’T BE MORE RIGHT…THESE GRILS WORK REALLY HARD TO PERFECT THEIR SKILLS AND SHOULD ONLY HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THE GENDER AS THEY WERE BORN…END OF STORY

  5. Mac Hayes

    February 9, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Athletics is based on physical performance, in which genetic males clearly are radically different from genetic females. It is purely common sense to separate the physical performances of genetic males from genetic females. How can anything be more obvious? To ignore the obvious is the height of stupidity.

  6. Mack Mitchell

    February 10, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    I agree with and support the Governor’s decision. If it’s so that God created us all, I do not believe him capable of mistakenly making a male then realizing he had intended to make a girl. This transgender idea is a bunch of malarky in my opinion. I believe that changing sex is a matter of choice.

    • MJ

      February 15, 2022 at 1:40 pm

      I agree with you. Actually a easy fix why don’t the transgender form their own competitions? Then can leave the heterosexuals alone.

    • Paul M Featherstone

      February 16, 2022 at 11:32 am

      I agree, we don’t need to let these sick in the head freaks to have their way. Hurray to the South Dakota governor.

  7. Julia

    February 15, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    The governor is correct and I hope the other states leaders are just as committed as she is to our birth records as male (boy) and female (girl) ! This is how nature and God intended! Let the ones who chose to be remade get their own teams and compete in that division!

  8. Reality Fan

    February 16, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Why don’t people start picking their race or their age? That way a 30 year old could compete with seniors. Your gender has over 6,500 genetic differences from the opposite sex. Reality isn’t up for debate. The governor of SoDak is 100% correct.

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