Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed a bill into law saving girls and women’s sports in the Sooner State.
Oklahoma Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) is titled the “Save Women’s Sports Act” and stipulates that school athletic teams must be designated as one of the following based on biological sex:
- Males, men or boys.
- Females, women or girls.
- Coed or mixed.
“Athletic teams designated for ‘females,’ ‘women’ or ‘girls’ shall not be open to students of the male sex,” the bill states.
Signing SB 2 into law on Wednesday, Governor Stitt rightly called the legislation “common sense.”
“When it comes to sports and athletics, girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys. And let’s be very clear: That’s all this bill says,” Gov. Stitt stated.
Oklahoma is now the 13th state to pass legislation barring male athletes from participating in women’s and girls sports, following on the heels of the Utah legislature’s passage of a similar bill just five days ago.
Right on cue, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma issued a statement on Wednesday expressing their outrage over the bill.
ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director Tamya Cox-Touré said that SB 2 is “just one of many bills we have seen attacking our Two Spirit, transgender, and nonbinary communities.”
But SB 2 does nothing of the sort.
All it does is ensure that boys can only compete against other boys on school-sponsored athletic teams.
Additionally, various media outlets spread false information about SB 2 after it was signed into law.
The Hill said that under the bill, “transgender girls and women will not be allowed to join high school and college sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.”
That is a very misleading way to report that under the bill, male athletes will no longer be able to join girls sports teams.
NBC News did the same, reporting that the law “ban[s] transgender girls and women from playing on female sports teams.” The outlet also dubbed SB 2 the “transgender sports ban.”
But again, SB 2 does no such thing. It simply ensures boys only play on boys sports teams.
Sticking to its leftist character, CNN called SB 2 “anti-trans.”
In reality, SB 2 is pro-women.
The outlet falsely reported that the bill “will now prohibit some girls in the state from competing against other girls.”
This is a bald-faced lie.
Again, SB 2 only requires that male student athletes compete with other males.
CNN, just like The Hill and NBC, said the legislation “ban[s] transgender women and girls from competing on sports teams consistent with their gender at public schools.”
It simply prohibits boys from competing against and taking places in competitions that rightly belong to women.
These three outlets’ false and misleading reporting is a great reminder for Christians and conservatives.
When it comes to the transgender issue (and many others), don’t get your information from the mainstream media. You’ll be less informed and more confused after reading their so-called “reporting” than you were before.
This is why what we do at The Daily Citizen is so critical. Our goal is to inform and educate you on the most pertinent issues of the day, not to mislead or confuse you.
“When the law ignores biological reality, female athletes lose medals, podium spots, public recognition, and opportunities to compete,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Advocacy Strategy Emilie Kao said following the bill’s signing.
“We have seen increasing examples across the country of males dominating girls’ athletic competitions when competing as females, capturing championships and shattering long-standing female records.
“Comparably fit and trained males will always have physical advantages over females—that’s the reason we have girls’ sports. Oklahoma now joins a strong coalition of states that recognize that reality and have acted to preserve fair competition for all females, whether in grade school or college.”
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