Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined the fight to protect women’s sports amid the rise of «unfair and dangerous competition from biological men.»
An official press release from Paxton states that he will join an amicus brief led by Tennessee and filed with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York City.
The amicus brief «highlights the protections for biological women under Title IX,» which is the rationale behind the brief.
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«For decades, Title IX has helped create opportunities for girls to participate in sports by prohibiting educational programs from discriminating on the basis of sex.» the statement said.
«Despite recent attempts to radically alter the definition of ‘sex,’ Title IX has long operated under the biological reality that there are two separate sexes: male and female. Given this fact, allowing the ‘identity of subjective gender prevails over biological sex, much of Title IX is impractical.»
Title IX has been a hot topic in the sports world due to the Biden administration’s plan to release new rules for the civil rights law that was signed into law in 1972. The new rules would prohibit states from barring transgender students from competing against the gender they identify as .
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“At the time of Title IX’s enactment, the public understood that allowing biological boys to compete against girls would result in boys taking away designated championship opportunities for girls. both sexes by refusing to offer truly separate track and field competitions for both sexes,» the report read, also noting several examples in Connecticut where biological children won more track and field events when competing against biologicals. . women.
Riley Gaines, a former decorated NCAA swimmer, has been a leading advocate for the protection of women’s sports. She experienced a loss firsthand in her college career to a transgender opponent, Lia Thomas.
Thomas has shown support for the Biden administration’s Title IX rule changes, while Gaines has been on the other side of the argument. In terms of athletics, the rule would prohibit bans on transgender children from kindergarten through eighth grade. But there’s a catch, which Thomas doesn’t like.
«However, I would not prohibit discrimination against trans children in high school and college under the guise of competitive fairness,» Thomas said in an Instagram video. «This rule is a good start, however it is not enough. During this time of intense anti-trans backlash, the trans community needs explicit protections against discrimination to live our free and equal lives.»
«Under the guise of competitive fairness?» Gaines said in a tweet quoting from the Thomas video. «Are you really trying to say you would have won a national title against the men? Doesn’t it break your heart to see women miss out on these opportunities? Biden Admins proposed bill denies science, truth and common sense «.
Gaines has received support for his comments, including from ESPN personalities Sage Steele and Samantha Ponder.
«This would take away a lot of opportunities for biological women and girls in sports,» Ponder said. «It’s a shame we need to fight for the integrity of Title IX in 2023 and the reason why #savewomens sports was needed in the first place.»
Added Steele: «This is heartbreaking, maddening and really hard to watch. I keep thinking I’ll wake up and be relieved that this was all just a ridiculous, comical, nonsensical dream…»
Thomas became the first NCAA Division I transgender champion when she won in women’s swimming, but she created a firestorm that continues to wreak havoc in sports across the country.
The White House recently vowed to veto a bill that would bar biological men from participating in women’s sports if it passes both houses of Congress.
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The Women and Girls in Sports Protection Act, also known as HR 734, was introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, Republican of Florida, and the House is expected to vote on it sometime this week.
«The Administration strongly opposes House passage of HR 734,» the White House said in a statement. «For students across the country, participating in sports and being part of a team is an important part of growing up, staying involved in school, and learning leadership and life skills. HR 734 would deny many families access to sports by establishing an outright ban on transgender students, even those as young as elementary school, playing on a team consistent with their gender identity.
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«If the president were presented with HR 734, he would veto it.»