Oklahoma passes law to protect women's sports

"When it comes to sports and athletics: Girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys," Stitt said. "Let’s be very clear — that’s all this bill says."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed the "Save Women’s Sports Act" into law, which bans biological males from competing on female sports teams.

Oklahoma’s passing of the bill marks the 13th state to pass legislation protecting women’s sports from biological males who seek to compete in women's categories.

According to NBC News, Stitt was surrounded by female athletes, young girls, and lawmakers at the signing, who held signs reading "save women’s sports."

Stitt said the action was "just common sense."

"When it comes to sports and athletics: Girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys," Stitt said. "Let’s be very clear — that’s all this bill says."

"We are protecting women’s sports. We’re ensuring a level playing field for female athletes who work hard to train hard, who are committed to their team, who have dreams to be No. 1 in their sport, who deserve a fair competition," he continued. "The reality is, men are biologically different than women."

The bill, known as Senate Bill 2, states that sports teams will be split into men’s, women’s, and coed teams. Prior to the start of a school year, the parent of an athlete must sign an affidavit stating their child’s biological sex, which will determine their team placement.

If the student is above the age of 18, they would sign the affidavit instead of a parent.

"If there is any change in the status of the biological sex of the student, the affiant shall notify the school within thirty (30) days of such change," the bill states.

The bill declares that teams designated as being for females will not be open to males, and those that are "deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers any direct or indirect harm" in violation of that declaration would be able to file for injunctive relief.

The bill also protects those that report violations of the law from retaliation from their school, school athletic association or intercollegiate association by stating that the student "shall have a cause of action for injunctive relief, damages and any other relief available permitted by law against the school, school athletic association or intercollegiate association."

The bill will take effect immediately.


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