Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey bans transgender athletes from competing against women in ... trends now
The Republican signed HB261 - a bill aimed at prohibiting 'biological male from participating on an athletic team or sport designated for female' - on Tuesday.
In a statement after the signing, Ivey said she is proud to be 'protecting female athletes at all levels and upholding the integrity of athletics.'
The signing comes less than two months after she signed another bill that makes it a felony in Alabama to give children medication to alter their sex.
'I believe very strongly if the good Lord made you a boy, you are a boy, and if he made you a girl, you are a girl,' Ivey said at the time.
Tuesday's new law comes as the debate over whether trans athletes should be allowed to compete in women's events continues across the nation.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill that bans trans athletes from competing against women in college sports
Recently, California athletic officials removed protesters who were outraged at the inclusion of transgender athletes at a state high school event
'If you’re a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girl’s sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple,' Gov Ivey wrote in a tweet
On Tuesday, the governor tweeted out her thoughts regarding the controversial bill, sharing her pride in upholding 'fairness' in the state.
'If you’re a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girl’s sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple,' she wrote.
The bill expands upon previous legislation for K-12 schools, which puts restrictions on anyone biologically male or female competing on an opposite-sex team.
The new version of the bill moved quickly through the statehouse after being initially proposed in early April.
It does not limit any coed sports teams or enforce inspections of students' genders.
In a tweet Tuesday, ESPN shared the news of the latest ban, writing: 'Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation on Tuesday that will ban transgender women from playing on female sports teams in college.'
Ivey responded in a pointed tweet calling out the network for what she said was inaccurate coverage.
'Let me fix that,