Senator Tuberville’s effort is the latest linked to sports participation

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In Republicans’ most recent attempt to politicize trans issues, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) presented an amendment to President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief legislation on Saturday that would bar educational institutions from receiving funding if they allowed “biological men” to compete in women’s athletics, but then failed of a party line vote.

Highlights

Tuberville affirmed its amendment seeks to “protect equity and equality for women” by ensuring that education funding is “properly directed” to schools focused on the recovery of Covid-19 “rather than promoting a liberal agenda “.

Tuberville Amendment # 1386 was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roger Marshall of Kansas.

The Democratic majority in the Senate defeated the amendment, 49-50, with Joe Manchin (W.Va.) the only Democrat to vote for and Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) as the only Republican to vote against (Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan left Washington, DC on Friday to return home to Alaska for a family funeral).

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Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) opposed to amendment On Saturday, stating that it would undermine one of the goals of the Covid-19 relief bill, which is to help all the students and families who have struggled during the pandemic. “Allowing transgender students to participate in sport activities consistent with their gender identity does not disadvantage their peers” Murray argued. She called the Tuberville amendment “simply an attempt to discriminate against” transgender students.

Key context:

In one Executive Decree Released on the first day of his term, President Joe Biden called for strict enforcement of a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that broadened the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “Children should be able to learn regardless of whether they will be denied access to toilets, changing rooms or school sports” the command indicates, adding that his administration is committed to “combating discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.” Republicans have argued that this amounts to a “giant leap back for women’s rights “because the president allowed” genetic boys to compete with girls. “While running for office last year, Tuberville told reporters, “I am against this transgender, guys turning into women and winning all these state championships all over the country, “adding” how can we even think of letting something like that happen. It just doesn’t make sense. Last month, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Hung a anti-trans sign outside her desk and taunted Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) about her transgender daughter. Greene tweeted: “Your biological son does not belong in my daughters bathroom ”, and posted a video of her hanging on a large poster that read,“ There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust science! ”Saturday, Senator Marshall tweeted he was “proud to join” Tuberville in “protecting female athletes” by ensuring that public schools “are not rewarded for implementing policies that allow genetic boys to compete in girls’ sports.”

Tangent:

In early February, tennis legend Martina Navratilova called on Pres. Biden to “cut out” a separate policy provision for “elite sports or sports at the upper level of high school, college and pros” to ensure “a level playing field”.

Crucial quote:

“Can’t we just have a little heart and compassion in this world for someone who doesn’t look like you or doesn’t live exactly like you?” mentionned Senator Murray.

Further reading:

Tuberville says the country is heading in the wrong direction (Daily Mountain Eagle)

Drag queens blast Tommy Tuberville for Facebook post (AL.com)

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