Baton Rouge, Louisiana (AP) — On Tuesday, members of the Louisiana House of Representatives severely refused to proceed with a proposal to ban transgender athletes from competing in school women’s sports teams.
The House Board of Education rejected the bill by Republican Houma Beryl Amedee by one vote. Five members of the panel voted in favor of the bill, and six voted against it. Two Republicans joined the Democratic Party on a committee against the proposal.
However, it is not certain that the vote will end the legislative assembly discussions. A similar proposal by Senator Beth Mizell, the second-ranked Republican in the Senate, is awaiting discussion on the Senate floor after gaining the support of the Senate Board of Education.
Proponents of the proposal said they were trying to protect female athletes from unfair competition. Opponents call the measure discriminatory. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards opposes legislation and other measures targeting transgender youth.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is already in the position that student athletes must compete for the gender of their birth certificate unless they have undergone a sex reassignment surgery.
Votes for the bill on Tuesday were Amedy and Congressman Rick Edmonds and R-Baton Rouge. Chuck Owen, R-Rose Pine; Vinnie St. Blanc, R-Franklin; and Philip Tarver, R-Lake Charles.
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