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FL governor signs bill to protect women’s sports

ADF attorney, client attend signing ceremony at invitation of Gov. DeSantis
Is This the End of Female Athletics? Not If This High School Girl Can Help It

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law SB 1028, a bill that includes the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against males participating in women’s sports. Florida joins Idaho, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Montana in protecting secondary and collegiate sports for women and girls.

At DeSantis’s invitation, Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb and ADF client Selina Soule, a track athlete in Connecticut who is fighting in court to protect women’s sports, attended the signing ceremony.

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. When the law ignores science and biological realities, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm,” Holcomb said. “Florida now joins a strong coalition of states that have acted to protect women from discrimination in athletics and preserve fair competition for all females, whether in high school or college. This bill safeguards athletic opportunities for women and girls and gives them vital legal recourse against unfair policies that arise. We commend Gov. DeSantis as well as Sen. Kelli Stargel and many other supporters in the Florida Legislature for moving ahead with this law despite the bullying from woke corporations and special interests that has taken place around the country to reject this type of legislation. Thanks to their leadership, Florida’s female athletes will not be reduced to spectators in their own sports.”

“In 2017, Connecticut began allowing two male athletes who self-identify as girls to compete in girls’ sports. During all four years of high school, I was forced to compete against them, even though they were bigger, faster, and stronger than me because they were male…,” said Soule in remarks she presented at the ceremony. “As someone who was one of the first to start speaking against this injustice, it is very encouraging that my story has reached people across the country, and that many have seen what’s happened in Connecticut and want to take a stand to protect the female athletes in their state and to protect women’s sports…. I am grateful to Florida lawmakers, and especially Gov DeSantis, for preserving fairness in women’s sports and allowing countless young girls and women the opportunity to succeed in the sports that they love.”

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