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South Carolina House passes bill banning trans athletes from female sport

South Carolina’s state House on Tuesday passed a bill banning transgender athletes from playing women’s sports, putting it on a path to join several other states that have passed similar measures.

“The South Carolina House of Representatives passed the ‘Save Women’s Sports Bill’ Tuesday 82-28, despite 1,000 amendments proposed by Democrats and an eight-hour marathon debate,” according to the Daily Mail.

The bill will then go to the Republican-controlled state Senate for a vote before it can be signed into law by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, who previously signaled his support when he criticized the NCAA for banning states that protect women’s sports from holding championships. .

“I think the NCAA should mind its own business,” McMaster said. “If they want to pass laws, they have to run for office.”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (right) (Alex Wong Getty Images)

South Carolina Democrats understandably opposed the bill, saying Republicans were unfairly targeting transgender children.

“Leave those transgender kids alone. It’s less than one percent,” said state Democratic Rep. Krystle Matthews.

Similarly, the LGBTQ activist organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC) condemned the bill passed by the South Carolina House.

“Although the bill is titled: ‘Save Women’s Sports Act,’ the South Carolina House did everything but create a level playing field for women in sports,” the group said in a statement.

“If it was about standing up for women’s equality, why did the House vote down an amendment that would guarantee equal funding for men’s and women’s sports in South Carolina? This is in addition to rejecting an amendment that would require women’s sports to have the same number of assistant coaches and equipment as men’s teams,” he added.

In early February, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill barring biological men from participating in women’s sports until college. Speaking to Fox News, she said the law was intended to “level the playing field”.

“It’s true that your daughters will have a level playing field,” she said. “They will have the chance to compete only against other biological females, as listed on their birth certificate, because we want them to have a chance at success.”

In March, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) signed a bill that will require athletes to compete on school, college and university sports teams that match their biological sex, which was followed by the governor of the ‘Arizona Doug Ducey (R) signing a similar bill.

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