Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis ’decision to sign a bill banning biological men from women’s sports was“ reinforced ”by pressure from emerging corporations like the NCAA, the the governor’s press secretary told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sport Practice Tuesday, legislation prohibits biological males from participating in athletic teams or sports taught for female students. Governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw told DCNF on Tuesday afternoon that the governor had received “very strong” corporate pressure to withdraw from the bill, but it only “strengthened” the governor’s resolution.
For example, the NCAA Warned in April it would pull out of states that would not allow transgender students to participate in college sports.
“When he heard that the NCAA was kind of threatening that they would pull over events here in Florida or any state that signed these kinds of fees, that reinforced his resolution because he didn’t want to to bully or allow people in Florida to bully the organization or the awakening corporations, ”Pushaw said.“ I know that corporate coercion is very strong from some aspects of this issue and not I wonder if corporate pressure is also strong in other states. “
“All the pressure just made Governor DeSantis even stronger in his conviction to do the right thing, to do what he knows is best for the people of Florida,” he added.
DeSantis ’decision to sign Florida’s Fairness to the Women’s Sports Act came after Republican Gov. Kristi Noem refused to sign a similar study in South Dakota without his proposed change. The governor insisted the bill would subject South Dakota to lawsuits that the state would not win and said he wanted to “protect the girls” through other measures, including two executive orders: a “protect K-12 athletic equity”And other than“do it in college athletics. ”
Noem continued to make statements that she was cause pressure from groups like the NCAA, who stressed that he wanted long-term solutions to protect South Dakota girls.
“Since November, my team and I have been working to find the best way to effectively protect women’s sports – not just to feel good, but to do well,” Noem said. wrote a March National Review op-ed. “We have to win the court.”
“For that reason I asked the South Dakota state legislature to make amendments to HB 1217,” Noem wrote. “As passed, this bill is a trial lawyer’s dream. It can then be mandated if I sign it into law, meaning no girls in South Dakota will be protected.”
Noem spokesman Ian Fury told DCNF Tuesday afternoon that the Florida research “shows the same policy” as Noem’s executive order.
“There are no errors included in HB 1217,” Fury said. Governor Noem’s executive orders will continue to protect the fairness of women’s sports until the Governor introduces new legislation consistent with the orders at the next legislative session.
Anger did not respond to a further request for comment on the Florida bill.
Same as Noem and DeSantis attracted attention as potential 2024 presidential nominees. Noem’s action on HB 1217 has aroused distrust from conservatives such as President of the American Principles Terry Schilling, who suggests that many conservatives now see DeSantis as “the gold standard of leadership in Republican in 2021. “
“What sets Governors Kristi Noem and Ron DeSantis’ methods of defending women’s sports is a simple thing: political courage, ”Schilling told DCNF, accusing Noem of keeping pressure from “aroused the interests of business and the NCAA to kill the law.
“Unfortunately he’s under pressure, and his weak defense is that he can only take action once there’s enough coalition on the issue,” Schilling said. “On the contrary, Governor DeSantis did the wise thing when faced with arousing elite pressure: he would not back down. This is the essence of true leadership – good leaders do not wait for others to join them before standing up. .However, they set an example for others to follow, as DeSantis did on this and many other important issues. ”
Pushaw avoided comparing DeSantis and Noem, telling DCNF that “DeSantis is focused on Florida” and wants the governor not to participate in competitions or comparisons with other governors.
“He just doesn’t see things like that,” he said, “or even pay much attention to what’s happening in other states because he’s focused on Florida and wants to do what’s best for Florida. , no matter what happens or not. will happen in other states. It doesn’t matter to his calculations as much as he judges here. “
The Florida Bill and the South Dakota Bill: How are they different?
Research in South Dakota, or HB 1217, applied to all athletic or sport teams sponsored by a public school, school district, or higher education institution controlled by the Board of Regents or the City of South Dakota Board of Technical Education. The law not only prohibits biological men from participating in women’s sports but also stipulates that there are only two biological sexes (male and female) and that there is a “natural” difference between men and women. .
Research in South Dakota makes no mention of birth certificates, but one of Noem’s changes suggests that enrolling a student on a team should be based on their biological sex “as shown in birth certificate or oath issued upon initial enrollment. ”
Critics like the American Principle Project’s Jon Schweppe point out that this revision does not take into account transgender students who change their birth certificates, allowed under South Dakota governance law, as the National Center for Transgender Equality noticed.
“That is, under Noem’s proposed changes, a biological man can easily participate in South Dakota women’s sports (even in K-12) as long as he files the right papers, ”Schweppe wrote in a March Substack.
Fairness in Women is included in the Sports Act on athletic or sport teams sponsored by a public secondary, high school, public college, or university institution.
The bill does not apply to elementary education, and specifies that teams will be designated in accordance with the biological sex of the student’s birth certificate – which “is considered to correctly state the student’s biological sex at birth when the statement is filed with or almost at the time of the student’s birth. ”
Because Florida research specifically says “at or about the time a student is born,” the state avoids the pitfalls posed by Noem’s changes, Schweppe said.