Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Not Satisfied With Just Her State

The governor of South Dakota wants to keep out of sports altogether, she wants to take on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
South Dakota governor aims to block trans athletes from women's sports nationwide
By Daniel Trotta
March 22, 2021

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Monday urged fellow governors, high-profile athletes and everyday citizens nationwide to join an initiative seeking to bar transgender girls and women from participating in female sports.

Noem, a Republican, announced her “Defend Title IX Now” effort three days after coming under fire from both sides of the political aisle for rejecting a bill that would ban students designated as male at birth from women’s and girls’ sports.

The governor, who disappointed conservatives in her party by not signing the bill into law, said she agreed with its sentiment but feared it would not withstand legal challenge. She returned it to the legislature to narrow its scope to non-collegiate sports, among other refinements.
Noem is seeking to gain enough pledges of support to stand up to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which previously supported transgender rights by boycotting North Carolina for restricting transgender bathroom access. The NCAA also allows transgender athletes to compete, provided they comply with rules on hormone usage.
But the NCAA is not good enough for the Republicans who hate our guts, they want to see us back in the closet.
On a similar point of law, the conservative U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that Title VII of the employment code protects transgender people from discrimination on the basis of sex.
You might remember the court’s ruling last June, according to CBS
"Judges are not free to overlook plain statutory commands on the strength of nothing more than suppositions about intentions or guesswork about expectations," Gorsuch wrote. "In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee's sex when deciding to fire that employee. We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."
And the same logic should also apply to Title IX.

It seems like that the Republicans like to hold up the Constitution when it suits them and ignore it and the laws when it doesn’t.

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