(ConservativeSense.com) – The Ohio State General Assembly failed to pass a bill that would have banned boys from girls’ sports. The legislation cleared the State Senate but fell in the lower house. Introduced by Republican state Rep. Jena Powell, it would have prevented males, regardless of how they “identify,” from entering sporting contests meant for females.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine did not explicitly support or oppose the legislation but did hint that decisions on transgender athletes should be made in the sporting associations rather than by the government.
Growing numbers of Americans are opposed to the encroachment by males into female sports in the name of transgender inclusivity. The issue caused an international storm back in March 2022 when University of Pennsylvania student Lia (William) Thomas was allowed to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s 500-yard freestyle event. Thomas won the competition and sparked a debate about the fairness of allowing males to compete in physical sports against females.
While Americans are increasingly tolerant regarding transgender matters, most still oppose the mixing of genders in sports. A poll of 1,503 people across the United States revealed that 58% are opposed to allowing males in female events. The ‘woke’ White House however is once again swimming against public opinion.
In January 2021, President Biden released an “Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.” The order directs federal agencies to extend protections from discrimination on the grounds of sex to ‘gender expression’ and ‘gender identity’. “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports”, Biden wrote.
The executive order did not address the potential worries of young girls who were uncomfortable with the prospect of boys having access to their restrooms, locker rooms, and school sports.
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