Treasure State saves women's sports

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

passing a relay batonThe world's largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life says Montana's governor was right to sign a bill barring biological males from competing in female sports.

"We're not intimidated by the NCAA," declares Representative John Fuller (R-House District 8), author of the Save Women's Sports Act. "We believe that if it is litigated, and I don't think it will be, that we will win in court."

"Allowing males to compete in girls' sports destroys fair competition and women's athletic opportunities," says attorney Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a law firm representing female athletes in cases involving men in women's sports. "Governor Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) and the Montana Legislature have acted to preserve a level playing field for all female athletes in the state, whether in high school or college."

Holcomb adds the Save Women's Sports Act protects athletic opportunities for women and girls and gives them vital legal recourse against unfair policies that arise.

"In the face of ongoing pressure from woke corporations and special interests to reject this type of legislation, we are especially grateful to Governor Gianforte, Representative Fuller, and the Montana Legislature for taking a courageous stand and ensuring fairness for women and girls as they continue to pursue their dreams," the ADF attorney continues.

Montana joins Idaho, Mississippi, Arkansas, and West Virginia in protecting K-12 and collegiate sports for women and girls.

Holcomb

Holcomb appeared last week in a virtual legal hearing at the Ninth Circuit over Idaho's legislation in an appeal in Hecox v. Little -- a case where she says "a court put a law on the law, and we are challenging that injunction."

This particular case will set a precedent, which Holcomb says is "really important, as nearly 30 other states are considering similar legislation."

"One comment that the other side will commonly raise is that these biological males are girls by virtue of simply identifying as female, [but] science and common sense tell us that that is not the case," says Holcomb. "Bodies play sports, not identities, and the reason we have women's sports as a separate category is because of those inherent physical differences between the sexes."

That, she concludes, has been recognized in federal law for decades.

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