Kevin Stitt, the Governor of Oklahoma, just signed a bill that’s sure to absolutely infuriate the left and throw the transgender athlete crowd off its rocker.
The bill, called the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” would ban men from competing in women’s sports no matter what they identify as. It applies to both high school and college sports, keeping women’s sports in Oklahoma free from what many maintain is unfair competition.
Speaking on the bill with 12 young female athletes standing near him, one of whom was his daughter, Governor Stitt said:
“This bill, the Save Women’s Sports Act, to us in Oklahoma is just common sense. When it comes to sports and athletics, girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys. And let’s be very clear: That’s all this bill says.
It says: Athletic teams designated for “females,” “women” or “girls” shall not be open to students of the male sex.
And what we are trying to accomplish here is very simple. We are protecting women’s sports. We are ensuring a level playing field for female athletes who work hard – Who train hard – Who are committed to their team – Who have dreams to be Number One in their sport – Who deserve a fair competition.
He also gave the biological reasoning behind the bill, arguing that men and women have different bodies and that allowing men to compete in women’s sports is, as a result, unfair. In his words:
The reality is: Men are biologically different than women. Men have more muscle mass, their bones are larger and denser, they have larger lungs and wider airways. These are physical advantages men have over women on the field, in the pool, on the track or on the court.
So how is it fair for a female track athlete, or swimmer, who has been training since she was 12 years old to lose in high school to a biological male? It’s not. It’s just not fair. And it will not happen in Oklahoma.
Leftists, of course, lost their minds over the bill, their fury over the governor’s contention that boys should compete against boys and girls should compete against girls outweighed only by their fury over Florida’s so-called “don’t say gay bill.”
Tamya Cox-Toure, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, for example, said:
“Transgender people belong everywhere, but with the swipe of a pen and a public display, Governor Stitt has sent a clear message to Oklahoma’s vulnerable transgender youth that they are not welcome or accepted in our state.
Ultimately, SB2 violates the United States Constitution and federal civil rights law, puts Oklahoma at risk of losing federal funding, and harms transgender youth, all to solve a problem that does not exist.”
Some people were happy with Governor Stitt’s decision, however. Former University of Oklahoma student Alyssa Amundsen, for example, said:
“I think it’s a victory for this generation and it’s protecting a victory that our predecessors fought for in Title 9. As a coach and former athlete, I’m so proud of Governor Kevin Stitt.”