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KS Gov. Kelly vetoes protections for girls and women in athletics

Published On: 4/22/2021

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto Thursday of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a bill that protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against males playing on women’s sports teams:

“We are disappointed by Gov. Kelly’s decision to ignore the best interests of women and girls and veto the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. This legislation would have helped ensure that female athletes in Kansas—from elementary school through college—are able to compete on a level playing field. When the law ignores biological differences, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm. We’ve seen increasing examples of males dominating girls’ athletic competitions when competing as females, capturing championships, and shattering long-standing female track records. While we are disappointed by the governor’s veto, we are thankful to Kansas legislators for taking a strong stand for female athletes, and we encourage them to override Gov. Kelly’s veto and codify protections for women’s sports into law.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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