Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Barring Male Students from Girls’ Sports

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt signed legislation that bans transgender athletes from participation in girls’ high school or college sports on Wednesday.

The Save Women’s Sports Act passed the Oklahoma House by a 79-18 vote last week, and was subsequently approved by the state Senate.

“This bill…to us in Oklahoma is just common sense,” Stitt, a Republican who is running for reelection this year, said at the signing. “When it comes to sports and athletics, girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys. And let’s be very clear: That’s all this bill says.”

The bill reads in part, “athletic teams designated for ‘females’, ‘women’ or ‘girls’ shall not be open to students of the male sex.”

Opponents of the bill denounced the law as contrary to federal civil rights law.

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