Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican Governor, stated off pride month strong by signing a bill into law. The bill in question is the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” that issues protections for female athletes to stop them from having to compete against biological males.
“We believe in the state of Florida, of protecting the fairness and the integrity of women’s athletics,” DeSantis stated at the signing. “And I can tell you this in Florida, you know, girls are going to play girl’s sports and boys are going play boy’s sports, that’s what we’re doing. We’re going to make sure that that’s the reality. So the bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida. It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females. And we’re going to go based off biology.”
“The bill defines a student’s biological sex based on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth,” He went on to say. “And as part of the bill we’re signing today, we’re not only making sure women have opportunities for scholarships and competition at the highest level, we’re also putting in statute ways to actually vindicate the rights of any women athletes who may be discriminated against. So moving forward, any student who’s deprived of an athletic opportunity, as a result of a violation of this law will have the right to civil remedies. Any school or public 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. Any student who is subject to retaliation as a result of reporting a violation of this bill can also pursue civil remedies.”
At the signing event, DeSantis showed proof in the form of a video where biological males competed against girls in track races at the high school level and won, which led him to state that it was “blatantly unfair.” Selina Soule, who is a track athlete from Connecticut who came up one place short of qualifying for the finals as a result of having to compete against two biological males, was in attendance at the event.
DeSantis Ignored the threats issued by the NCAA that warned him against signing into law any such bill that protects girls from having to compete against biological males in sports.
“Some of these organizations say they’re not going to hold events if you do this, 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,” DeSantis stated. “We will stand up to groups like the NCAA, who think that they should be able to dictate the policies in different states.”