ICYMI: AR Governor Signs Key Rutledge Cause, Law Banning Transgender Girls in Sports

March 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Yesterday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill banning transgender girls in sports into law. Earlier this year, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge championed similar legislation, The GIRLS Act: Gender Integrity Reinforcement Legislation for Sports, introduced by Rutledge and Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, to challenge President Biden’s Executive Order 13988. Sen. Irvin’s bill, SB354 will allow individuals to file lawsuits against direct instances of transgendered students impacting female sports, SB450, the GIRLS Act will allow Attorney General Rutledge and her office to address systematic issues using legal avenues. 

“This action was necessary to ensure equity in girls sports throughout the State and for the next generation of girls, like my two and a half year old daughter,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Arkansas has once again proven that political correctness cannot outweigh common sense, because young girls and women experience enough societal barriers without the federal government adding more measures to disadvantage their everyday lives.”

President Biden’s Executive Order ‘Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation’ permits transgender females to compete against other biological females in physical athletic events despite the physiological and hormonal differences present. With regard to Title IX, the law was established in order to ensure that female athletes and their rights were protected while participating in athletic events. 

In response to this violation of Title IX, the new Arkansas law mandates that any education system that benefits from public funding must ensure that its athletes compete against individuals of the same biological sex by reviewing the recorded gender on their birth certificate. 

Similarly, the GIRLS Act protects females from ‘sex-discrimination’ as directed under Title IX, as well as provides them with the opportunity to succeed. Should anyone be denied an athletic opportunity due to a violation of Sen. Irvin’s bill, the injured party may seek a court order against the violating party, as well as associated damages and legal fees.