Rep. Mary Peltola voted in lockstep with House Democrats against a House Resolution that passed Thursday to amend Title IX legislation and ban males who playact at being female athletes from female competition categories in K-12 schools and colleges that receive federal funding.
Not a single Democrat voted to defend women’s sports, but the bill passed the Republican-led House, 219 to 203.
It now goes to the Senate, where the Washington Post has declared it “dead on arrival” due to the Senate being controlled by Democrats.
The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steub of Florida, is simple: It clarifies that when it comes to the 1972 Title IX legislation, “sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
It allows chemically or surgically neo-gendered men to train in or practice with a female athletic program, “so long as no female is deprived of a roster spot on a team or sport, opportunity to participate in a practice or competition, scholarship, admission to an educational institution, or any other benefit that accompanies participating in the athletic program or activity.’’
Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina said, “As a woman who is pro-LGBTQ, I don’t care how you dress. I don’t care what pronoun you take. I don’t care if you change your gender. But we ought to protect biological women and girls in their athletics.”
But Rep. Peltola of Alaska, who is a member of the “Equality Caucus,” posted immediately on Twitter that her vote was to prevent bullying.
“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I don’t believe in bullying. That’s exactly what H.R. 734 amounts to, and I remain firmly opposed to it,” Peltola wrote.
The Equality Caucus, which represents the interests of LGBTQ+ Americans, wrote nothing about bullying but instead explained, “LGBTQI+ kids deserve access to the same opportunities—including participating in school sports—as their peers. H.R. 734 would deprive trans & intersex kids of opportunities to be part of their school community, learn sportsmanship & challenge themselves.”
Title IX (pronounced Title Nine), which was championed by the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, brought a more level playing field to girls and women in school sports. Under this new House clarification, any school hosting female athletic programs and who receive federal funding must not allow males to complete in the female categories, or they will risk their federal funding.
H.R. 734, The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, awaits a vote in the U.S. Senate, where U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) introduced the companion legislation, Senate Bill 613, with 26 cosponsors: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Tedd Budd of North Carolina, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Mike Braun of Indiana, Rick Scott of Florida, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Marco Rubio of Florida, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Steve Daines of Montana, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mark Waye Mullin of Oklahoma, Lindey Graham of South Carolina, Katie Boyd Britt of Alabama, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, J.D. Vance of Ohio, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska.
The president has vowed to veto protection of female athletics should either of these bills make it to his desk.