Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Bill Requiring Student-Athletes to Compete in Sports Based on Their Gender Assigned at Birth

Governor Kay Ivey signs the anti-trans sports bill on Friday. Ivey is seen here at the Governor’s office in Montgomery, Alabama on February 3.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Friday requiring all Alabama athletes in K-12 public school to compete in sports based on the gender they were assigned at birth — joining a growing trend among Republican-controlled legislatures around the country that have been moving in recent weeks to impose restrictions on the lives of transgender Americans.

Ivey’s office confirmed to CNN in an email that the governor signed the bill into law Friday afternoon.

The bill states that no K-12 public school is allowed to “participate in, sponsor, or provide coaching staff for interscholastic athletic events at which athletes are allowed to participate in competition against athletes who are of a different biological gender, unless the event specifically includes both biological genders.”

While proponents of the bill say sex-specific sports teams have given biological female athletes more equal opportunities to compete, those against it say the bill is discriminatory and harmful to transgender athletes.

Alphonso David — president of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups — slammed the legislation as “nothing more than a politically motivated bill designed to discriminate against an already vulnerable population.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Caroline Kelly and Kelsie Smith

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