Nebraska inks proposal to protect student-athletes

Friday, December 18, 2015
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

unisex bathroom 2A legal group that offered advice to Nebraska's school activities association about transgender students has reviewed its proposal.

The proposed rules have been announced by the Nebraska School Activities Association, The Lincoln Journal Star reported last week.

Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom says the NSAA received a letter from ADF approximately a month ago that suggested legal steps to take. The policy, for example, maintains separate restrooms and locker rooms according to students' sex.

"So I was encouraged to see that," Sharp tells OneNewsNow.

Sharp, Matt (ADF)He says the new rules are based on fear of lawsuits – and fear of the power of the federal government, including fear of losing education funding.

In fact, the news story quotes an ACLU spokesman threatening "lengthy litigation" and a "loss of federal funds" if the new rules are imposed.

According to the Journal Star, the new rules would exempt religious schools, which drew the ire of the ACLU.

A second proposal, meant to ensure competitiveness, would require proof that a male athlete has undergone a year of hormone therapy before being allowed onto a girls' sports team.

The association's board voted to move the proposed policy to a final reading, which means members can review it before a final vote in January.

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