Florida Gov. Responds to NCAA’s Threats Over Transgender Sports

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on June 1st, barring transgender women from playing on public school teams intended for female born students.

“In Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports, and boys are going to play boys’ sports,” DeSantis said. “The bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida. It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females, and we’re going to go based off biology, not based off ideology, when we’re doing sports. The bill defines a student’s biological sex based on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth.”

“I think as these bills were going through various legislatures, I remember the NCAA put out a statement saying any state that enacts this, we’re not going to hold events there.” DeSantis told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday evening.

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“So I called the Speaker of the House in Florida and I said, did you hear what they said? And he’s like, yeah! I said, we definitely got to get this done. You can’t be cowed by these organizations or particularly by woke corporations from doing the right thing. And so my view was throughout this whole time, we have to protect our girls. It is discriminatory to force them to compete against biological males. And so if the price of having a tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girls and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls and to hell with these events.”

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