The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that bans the participation of transgender athletes from girl’s sports on Tuesday.
HB 2706 was passed on a party line by the Republican-controlled state house, 31-29. It will face approval from the Arizona State Senate before heading to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.
The law is similar to bills proposed in other state legislatures, although should it be ratified, Arizona would be the first state to enact such a ban. A movement to ban trans athletes from girls’ sports was spurred by a petition created by Connecticut track runner Selina Soule, who filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education after her experiences competing against biologically male athletes.
It’s being brought up amidst concerns surrounding transgender girls participating in youth and girls’ sports, often possessing an inherent advantage due to their natural male biology.
Phoenix’s Rep. Nancy Barto cited examples of trans athletes dominating in women’s sports in other states as a rationale for introducing the legislation. The law requires youth sports leagues to designate their format as co-educational or reserved for students of one sex.
Those who are not of the biological sex the sports league is designated as are barred from competition. In case of dispute, prospective athletes will have the option of submitting a genetic test verifying their biological sex.
Democrats reliably opposed the bill, disregarding the potential institutional damage the challenge of trans athletes pose to the very prospect of women’s sports. A controversial element that required athletes whose participation is in dispute to submit to a gender verification from a doctor was purged from the bill.
Should the bill pass the Arizona Senate, it looks likely that girls’ sports in the state will be preserved as institutions reserved exclusively for the female sex.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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