With an overwhelming majority, the Mississippi House of Representatives banned transgender athletes from competing on women’s college sports.
The Mississippi Fairness Act garnered 81 votes in favor and 28 against. In February, the bill got a 34-9 vote in the Senate. It will now go to Gov. Tate Reeves for signature.
Reeves has voiced support for the law, saying he “will sign” the bill.
Among the executive orders signed by President Joe Biden in his first day in office is a request to schools to allow students to participate in sports under the gender identity they identify with.
President Biden has signed executive orders that demand school to allow students to participate in the sports according to their gender identity and not according to their biological sex.
Bidden’s measure leveled strong criticism from individuals who argue that transgender women have physical advantages over biological women.
The state joins 19 others that have drafted some type of regulation on the issue, some dealing with transgender athlete cases in a particular way.
“Now young girls and women are in sets that they are now being forced to compete against those who are biological males. It’s not good for women. It’s not good for women’s sports, which worked so long and so hard to get to where they are,” he said.