Gov. Ron DeSantis Signing Landmark Bill to Protect Women’s Sports

James Marshall
June 2, 2021

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill on Tuesday banning transgender girls and women from competing in women's scholastic sports. "Just let me say very clearly, in Florida, we're going to do what's right, we'll stand up to corporations, they are not going to dictate the policies in this state", the governor said.

"A bad policy in my state of CT has robbed me, my teammates as well as every other female track athlete in my state of the opportunity to compete on a level playing field", Soule said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Winter Haven, Fla., on Monday, April 19, 2021, surrounded by law enforcement, legislators, and police union representatives, to sign a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests.

The measure approved by the GOP-led Legislature takes effect July 1.

"Girls are going to play girls' sports, and boys are going to play boys' sports", said DeSantis.

The school will resolve any issues by asking for the student's birth certificate.

"We believe in the state of Florida protecting the fairness and integrity of women's athletics", said DeSantis in Jacksonville alongside several female athletes at the Trinity Christian Academy. Any school or post-secondary institution that suffers direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this bill including by a governmental entity, accrediting organization, or athletic association can also pursue civil remedies. The law would not bar female athletes from playing on boys or men's teams. A judge dismissed the lawsuit but the athletes plan to try again.

DeSantis' decision to sign the bill into law means Florida has become the seventh state to ban trans athletes from participating on the correct team this year so far.

Shortly afterwards, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - one of the United States' leading LGBT+ organisations, announced its intention to challenge Florida's law in court.

"The Human Rights Campaign will always stand up to anti-equality forces on behalf of transgender kids, and that is exactly what we plan to do by legally challenging this ban on the participation of transgender girls and women in sports", said HRC president Alphonso David.

The state's Democratic Party accused DeSantis and Republicans of being discriminatory.

"And when you're looking at that video", Stargel said, "it's evident the woman, the transgender woman who competed, or self-identified woman, ran very differently than the others in the competition". Like all children, they deserve the opportunity to play sports with their friends and be a part of a team. Transgender youth must not be deprived of the opportunity to learn important skills of sportsmanship, healthy competition, and teamwork.

"In Florida, we are ensuring that there are legal consequences to pay for being on the wrong side of history".

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