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LA governor vetoes bill to protect women’s sports

Published On: 6/22/2021


The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto Tuesday 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. Edwards’s decision to ignore the best interests of women and girls and veto the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. This legislation ensures that female athletes in Louisiana are able to compete on a level playing field. Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports is discriminatory and destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities. We’ve seen increasing examples across the country 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 Sen. Beth Mizell for sponsoring this important legislation and to Louisiana legislators for taking a strong stand for female athletes. We hope the legislature will override Gov. Edwards’ veto and join states like Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia, Montana, and Idaho that have codified 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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