Firebrand Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis took bold action to preserve women’s and girls school sports program this week.
The America-First governor signed a bill banning transgender women from competing against biological woman and girls in school sports.
“I can tell you this much: In Florida, girls are going to play girls sports and boys are going to play boys sports,” DeSantis said at the signing ceremony.
Gov. @RonDeSantisFL signs a bill barring transgender females from competing in women’s sports.
“We will stand up to groups like the NCAA, who think that they should be able to dictate the policies in different states.
Not here. Not ever.” pic.twitter.com/sTuRsLkBjB
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 1, 2021
Fairness and integrity were the intentions behind the bill, according to the Republican governor. He believes, like many Americans do, that school sports programs should be gender-specific as to eliminate certain biological advantages different sexes are born with. The bill bars athletes from competing on school sports teams for a gender that is different than that on their birth certificates.
“In the state of Florida, we want to protect the fairness and integrity of women’s athletic programs,” he declared.
One key point about this soon-to-be law that @CarlosGSmith pointed out: it’s *retroactive.*
Meaning, trans girls and women currently on sports teams will have to be kicked off this upcoming school year
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) June 1, 2021
DeSantis’s garnered immense criticism for his decision to sign the bill on June 1st, the first day of Pride month. However, many DeSantis reporters and conservatives giggled at the timing, noting its Trump-like qualities. However, Democrats and gay activists alike were up-in-arms about the Florida Republican’s new legislation.
Democratic state Rep. Carlos Smith, Florida’s first openly gay Latino legislator, weighed in:
Appalling. First day of LGBTQ Pride Month and @GovRonDeSantis signs SB 1028 which bans trans kids from school sports. FHSAA has allowed trans kids to participate in FL since 2013 with ZERO problems. This fuels transphobia and puts vulnerable kids at risk for no good reason.
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) June 1, 2021
In a separate tweet, Smith added another “FUN FACT” for his followers to enjoy: “The GOP spent more time passing legislation to push transgender children out of school sports than they spent trying to lower your home owner’s insurance rates. That’s the way they govern now.”
Another Florida Democrat called the bill “heartless.”
By signing a heartless ban on transgender kids in sports, @GovRonDeSantis is marginalizing an entire community.
Signing it on the first day of #Pride2021 is especially cruel.
Florida should stand for inclusivity, equality, and liberty — not peddling hate for political points.
— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) June 1, 2021
And to top it off, The Human Rights Campaign, a Radical-Left gay rights organization known for their dirty politics chimed in to threaten legal action.
BREAKING: On the first day of #Pride, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill banning trans kids in the state from playing sports.
We will be filing a lawsuit to block this arbitrary, discriminatory ban. #LetKidsPlay
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 1, 2021
Despite the backlash, DeSantis’ bold action ultimately protects girls and boys alike, leveling the playing field for athletes across the state. It’s expected that other Republican governors will sign similar bills.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act will empower Florida women & girls to be able to compete on a level playing field. This will help ensure that opportunities for things like college scholarships will be protected for female athletes for years to come.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 1, 2021
Author: Asa McCue