Washington D.C., Mar 29, 2021 / 11:20 am
As South Dakota’s governor has proposed changes to a transgender sports law, conservative organizations are asking her to abandon her changes which would “gut” the law.
The legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which advocates for religious freedom, joined other groups in a March 29 open letter to Gov. Kristi Noem (R) asking her to sign House Bill 1217. The bill prohibits males identifying as transgender females from playing women’s sports, and gives women a legal remedy if they have to compete against males.
The letter, led by the Colorado Family Policy Alliance and signed by 47 national and state policy leaders, asked Noem to reconsider her March 19 “style and form” veto of HB 1217.
“We are already part of a large coalition defending female athletes across the country, and we are inviting you to join with us by supporting legislation that protects all women—kindergarten to college— and provides them with a legal remedy when their rights are violated, as HB 1217 does,” the letter stated.