South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signaled her support for a bill limiting female sports and clubs in public schools to those born biologically female. The pro-Trump governor heralded the bill in celebration of ‘International Women’s Day’ on Monday.
The Governor took to her twitter:
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 8, 2021
State Rep. Rhonda Milstead, another woman, introduced the bill. The bill easily passed in the South Dakota House 50-17.
“We anticipate that when Governor Noem signs the bill, South Dakota will be the first state this year to pass legislation of this sort,” a spokesman for Noem told Fox News.
The liberal ACLU of South Dakota vehemently opposes the bill and sent an advocacy manager to testify against it.
We’re not just disappointed by today’s vote on HB 1217. We’re angry. And we will continue to fight for a world in which every trans kid is respected and allowed to thrive. #TransWomenareWomen #InternationalWomensDay #hifromSD pic.twitter.com/8FZSDnMFIO
— Transformation Project Advocacy Network (@TransadvocacySD) March 9, 2021
Further South, the Mississippi House passed a bill 81-28 earlier in March to ban transgender athletes from competing on girls’ and women’s sports teams.
Meanwhile, in February, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s executive order that called on schools across the country to permit students to participate in sports under their chosen gender identity.
When asked by a reporter what Biden’s message was to school officials tackling the disputes regarding transgender and cisgender girls competing together, particularly for college scholarships, Psaki said that “the president’s belief is that trans rights are human rights.