Lawmakers are reintroducing a bill that will ban transgender women from playing women’s high school sports in SC.
A bill pre-filed by two Greenville representatives and one Aiken representative signed onto the bill that adds a section to the state code of laws that transgender women/girls may not participate in women’s secondary and post-secondary sports.
Also mentioned in the proposed bill, it is stated that transgender men/boys MAY participate in male sports.
The biological gender of the student will be confirmed using their birth certificates.
The bill has been filed in the past by Representative Ashley Trantham (R-Greenville) who has sponsored it again for this upcoming session.
The two other representatives are Rep. Melissa Lackey Oremus (R-Aiken) and Rep. James Mikell “Mike” Burns (R-Greenville).
When asked about the bill in February, Rep. Trantham said:
It’s not that I’m not compassionate about what they’re going through. But I would also point out, we have to think about how this is going to impact our girls. I mean they have to be able to have a level playing field and we just know based on the science that when we allow biological males to compete with our girls that we’re taking away that opportunity.
The bill has far to go and has to be signed by Governor Henry McMaster in order for it to become a part of state law.