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South Dakota Governor aims to stop transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports nationwide


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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks to the press on behalf of Senator Kelly Loeffler

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By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Monday urged fellow governors, prominent athletes and daily citizens across the country to join an initiative that seeks to ban girls from turning gender and women participating in women’s sports.

Noem, a Republican, announced her “Defend Title IX now” effort three days after being opposed by both sides of the school for rejecting a bill banning students designate males at birth to participate in sports for women and women.

The governor, who frustrated conservatives in her party by not signing it into law, said she agreed with its opinion but feared it wouldn’t stand a legal challenge. She returned it to the legislature to narrow its scope into collective sports, among other innovations.

Transgender supporters have criticized Noem for keeping the existing law that they deem unnecessary, unconstitutional and based on outdated prejudices, as only a handful of transgender athletes achieve High success in sports.

Noem is seeking to gain enough support to stand up against the National College Athletes Association (NCAA), which previously advocated transgender rights by boycotting North Carolina for restricting rights. into the bathroom of the transsexual. The NCAA also allows transgender athletes to compete provided they adhere to the rules governing the use of hormones.

She was supported on Monday by former star athletes such as retired national footballer Herschel Walker, who appeared on video link and golfer Nancy Lopez, person has issued a written statement.

Noem cites Title IX, the landmark 1972 act of the United States that prohibits discrimination in education and is an important factor in the development of sports for women and girls. in public schools and universities.

“We came here today to talk about fairness in women’s sports,” Noem said, adding that an athlete’s designated gender at the time of birth should be definitive.

South Dakota law is one of 37 bills introduced in 22 states this year to limit the rights of transgender athletes.

The Republican governor of Mississippi signed that state bill into law on March 11. A similar law passed in Idaho last year was blocked by a federal court.

Although Noem pledged to defend Title IX, civil rights attorneys cite the same law as a legal argument against the law.

On a similar legal stand, the Conservative Supreme Court of the United States last year ruled that Title VII of the employment code protects transgender people from discrimination on the basis of gender.

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