BREAKING: Mississippi Governor Signs Bill, ‘Girls Will Not Be Forced To Compete Against Biological Males’
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has signed the Mississippi Fairness Act in a law on Thursday ensuring that ‘young girls in Mississippi have a fair playing field in sports.”
“This is an important day for the women and girls of Mississippi,” Reeves said reported by WTOK. “…This important piece of legislature will ensure young girls in Mississippi have a fair playing field in public sports.”
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Many say this law is needed to prevent what could happen in the future because Mississippi has not have any occurrences of biological males in women’s sports.
Gov. Reeves wrote to Twitter, “I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice. One of his first acts was to sign an EO encouraging transgenderism in children. So today, I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males.”
I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice. One of his first acts was to sign an EO encouraging transgenderism in children. So today, I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males. pic.twitter.com/INZgKQRMJr
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 11, 2021
The ‘Mississippi Fairness Act,’ or Senate Bill 2536 applies to students born male but now identify as female.
Of Section 2. Legislative findings and purpose. The Legislature finds that:
(a) There are “‘[i]nherent differences’ between men and women,” and that these differences “remain cause for celebration, but not for denigration of the members of either sex or for artificial constraints on an individual’s opportunity.” United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515, 533 (1996).
(b) These “inherent differences” range from chromosomal and hormonal differences to physiological differences.
(c) Men generally have denser, strong bones, tendons, and ligaments and larger hearts, greater lung volume per body mass, a higher red blood cell count, and higher hemoglobin.
(d) Men also have higher natural levels of testosterone, which affects traits such as hemoglobin levels, body fat content, the storage and use of carbohydrates, and the development of Type 2 muscle fibers, all of which result in men being able to generate higher speed and power during physical activity.
(e) The biological differences between females and males, especially as it relates to natural levels of testosterone, explain the male and female secondary sex characteristics which develop during puberty and have lifelong effects, including those most important for success in sport: categorically different strength, speed and endurance.
(f) While classifications based on sex are generally disfavored, the Supreme Court has recognized that “sex classifications may be used to compensate women for particular economic disabilities [they have] suffered, to promote equal employment opportunity, [and] to advance full development of the talent and capacities of our Nation’s people.” United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515, 533 (1996) (internal citations and quotation marks omitted).
(g) One place where sex classifications allow for the “full development of the talent and capacities of our Nation’s people” is in the context of sports and athletics.
(h) Courts have recognized that the inherent, physiological differences between males and females result in different athletic capabilities. See, e.g., Kleczek v. Rhode Island
Just last week Thursday, Gov. Tate Reeves wrote to Twitter, “I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forced to compete with biological males for athletic opportunities. It’s crazy we have to address it, but the Biden E.O. forced the issue. Adults? That’s on them. But the push for kids to adopt transgenderism is just wrong.”
The bill passed with big support in the state’s House and Senate at an 81-28 vote and the other at a 34-9 vote.
“If we do not move to protect female sports from biological males who have an unfair physiological advantage, we will eventually no longer have female sports,” Republican state Sen. Angela Hill told ABC News after the bill passed.