The Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, has signed into law the Mississippi Fairness Act this past Thursday so that “young girls are not forced to compete against biological males.”
“This is an important day for the women and girls of Mississippi,” Reeves stated. “This important piece of legislature will ensure young girls in Mississippi have a fair playing field in public sports.”
“I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice,” Reeves tweeted out on Thursday. “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 Fairness act states in part:
Interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a public primary or secondary school or any school that is a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association or public institution of higher education or any higher education institution that is a member of the NCAA, NAIA or NJCCA shall be expressly designated as one of the following based on biological sex: (a) “Males,” “men” or “boys”; (b) “Females,” “women” or “girls”; or (c) “Coed” or “mixed.” Athletic teams or sports designated for “females,” “women” or “girls” shall not be open to students of the male sex.
If disputed, a student may establish his or her sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement which shall indicate the student’s sex based solely upon: (a) The student’s internal and external reproductive anatomy; (b) The student’s normal endogenously produced levels of testosterone; and (c) An analysis of the student’s genetic makeup.
Reeves announced last week that he would be signing the bill, Tweeting: “I will sign our bill to protect young girls from being forces 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 was passed with overwhelming support from both the Senate and the House in 34-9 vote and 81-28 vote, respectively.
“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 Senator Angela Hill said to ABC News after the passing of the bill.
A poll from Politico, a left-wing group, found this week that there was “broad support” among U.S. voters to bar biological males from competing against girls in sports.