Just a few hours ago, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves decided it was in his state’s best interests to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports and the decision to do so will likely draw equal amounts of praise and harsh criticism.
Reuters has the story:
Mississippi’s Republican governor on Thursday signed legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in women and girls’ sports, becoming the first U.S. state to do so this year.
Governor Tate Reeves said a January executive order issued by President Joe Biden that protects transgender women and girls’ ability to compete on sports teams that conform with their gender identity left the state “no choice” but to enact the Mississippi Fairness Act.
“We will protect our young girls and ensure them a fair shot in public school sports. They should not be forced to compete against biological males,” Tate said on Facebook.
Reeves Tweeted about his decision on Thursday.
I never imagined dealing with this, but POTUS left us no choice. One of his first acts was to sign an EO encouraging transgenderism in children. So today, I proudly signed the Mississippi Fairness Act to ensure young girls are not forced to compete against biological males. pic.twitter.com/INZgKQRMJr
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 11, 2021
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