Montana joins Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia to bar biological males from competing against women and girls in sports.
Governor Greg Gianforte signed the Save Women’s Sports Act into law last Friday. The text of these laws states the obvious: males and females are inherently different. Men are generally stronger, faster, and taller. They have larger hearts, greater lung capacity, and denser bones. Testosterone gives men a huge advantage over women, even if the males pretending to be a females are taking hormone-suppressing drugs.
Over 30 states have Save Women’s Sports bills in various stages of the legislative process. Governors in Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota vetoed their legislature’s versions of the bill, though South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem issued executive orders that protect fairness in sports. Pennsylvania’s governor said he’d veto such a bill if it landed on his desk.
Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents four female track runners who sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference over its “transgender” policy that allows boys to compete against them, is the lead legal firm on this issue.
“Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities, ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb said. “Gov. Gianforte and the Montana Legislature have acted to preserve a level playing field for all female athletes in the state, whether in high school or college. This bill protects athletic opportunities for women and girls and gives them vital legal recourse against unfair policies that arise. In the face of ongoing pressure from woke corporations and special interests to reject this type of legislation, we are especially grateful to Gov. Gianforte, Rep. Fuller, and the Montana Legislature for taking a courageous stand and ensuring fairness for women and girls as they continue to pursue their dreams.”
A federal court last month dismissed the Connecticut girls’ lawsuit, contending that there was no dispute, because the two male athletes who deprived the girls of their victories graduated, and the girls couldn’t identify other “transgender” athletes on the team. The males who ran against the girls won 15 women’s state championship titles. The female athletes said they will file an appeal.