Story at a glance
- HB 112 in Montana added an amendment that would nullify the bill if federal funding was withheld following its passage.
- This comes as President Biden signed an anti-discrimination executive order.
- The bill’s sponsor said, “You have a human right not to be discriminated against, but you do not have a sports right.”
A bill proposed in the Montana State Legislature that would require school athletes to participate in sports teams based on the sex they were assigned at birth underwent alterations on Tuesday to keep it in line with federal laws.
The Associated Press reports that House Bill (HB) 112, which would ban students from participating on sport teams based on their gender identity, was amended to be nullified if the federal government withholds funding from the state due to the policy.
This is largely due to the executive order that President Biden signed that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.
For transgender individuals, or those who identify with a gender distinct from their biological sex, this would mean they could not participate on a sports team that reflects their gender identity.
HB 112 would apply to college and high school athletes. It has received pushback from LGBTQ+ advocates and students, who protested in Helena, the state’s capital, on Monday against the bill.
“Trans people are the new boogeymen,” Adrian Jawort said to KBZK. “Our trans youth do need protecting, however, and that’s from overreaching politicians who bring up these anti-trans bills of alleged solutions looking for problems.”
HB 112, however, has passed both the Montana House and was recently advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep. John Fuller (R), who says the bill aims to protect women’s sports.
“You have a human right not to be discriminated against, but you do not have a sports right,” Fuller reportedly said Tuesday.
A bevy of similar bills have been introduced across state legislatures. On Tuesday, a bill proposed in North Carolina that would ban gender reassignment surgery for people under the age of 21 died in the state legislature.