UPDATED 7:46 AM PT – Thursday, March 31, 2022
Oklahoma enacted a new bill, banning transgender competitors from playing on women’s sports teams. On Wednesday, Governor Kevin Stitt (R) officially signed into law the Save Women’s Sports Act.
The Republican took to Twitter to state that Oklahoma stands with female athletes and will protect women’s sports. The governor thanked the group of female athletes who joined him during the legislation’s signing.
In Oklahoma, we stand with female athletes and will protect women’s sports.
Thank you to all of the female athletes who joined me as I signed the Save Women’s Sports Act into law today. pic.twitter.com/WfNqVr4Uy8
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) March 30, 2022
This comes amid controversy over collegiate swimmer Lia Thomas competing as the first-ever transgender athlete to win an NCAA division title.
“Boys should compete against boys and let’s be clear, that’s all this bill says,” stated the Oklahoma governor. “It says athletic teams designated for females, woman, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex. What we are trying to accomplish here is very, very simple. We are protecting women’s sports.”
Stitt said this bill is “just common sense.” The governor added, he wants to ensure “a level playing field” for girls who want to excel in their respective sport.