On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul criticized policies that allow transgender students to participate in school-sponsored sports based on their gender identity, rather than their biological gender.
The Senator spoke during a hearing to confirm the Biden administration’s decision to head the U.S. Department of Education, Miguel Cardona.
. @ RandPaul: “Do you think it’s fair for boys to meet on the girls track?”
Sec. @usedgov Nominee Cardona: “I think it is the schools’ legal responsibility to allow students to participate in activities and this includes students who are transgender.” pic.twitter.com/XxHqPYyB2E
– CSPAN (@cspan) February 3, 2021
Paul warns Cardona not to destroy girls’ sport
Paul is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where he asked Cardona:
“Do you think it’s fair for boys to meet on the girls’ track?”
Paul had previously claimed that this would “destroy the girls’ sport”.
Cardona said he worked with “those who share (Paul’s) concern”.
Cardona replied, “I think it is the schools’ legal responsibility to allow students to participate in activities, and this includes students who are transgender.”
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Paul continued to press on the topic: “Many of us find this bizarre and not very fair … I wonder where feminists are in it.”
Cardona just repeated the same answer.
“I think the fact that you seem afraid to answer the question, or you basically answer the question by saying it’s okay without saying it’s okay, is real a statement about a real problem we have and a divide between Central America and what most Americans actually believe, ”Paul said.
“Who are these people who think it’s okay? Which planet are you from “Paul said to Cardona.
Even Republican Mitt Romney “Never Trump” had to step in and agree to Paul.
Senator Mitt Romney: “I have pictures of my 8 granddaughters, among some grandchildren, behind me. You shouldn’t be competing with people who are physiologically in an entirely different category. “Pic.twitter.com/h5HbKHQyCn
– Forbes (@Forbes) February 3, 2021
Romney agrees with Rand Paul
The Utah Senator said a little later in the hearing, “I have pictures of my eight granddaughters, among some grandchildren, behind me,” he said, referring to photos behind him.
“You shouldn’t be competing against people who are in a completely different category physiologically, and I think boys should be competing with boys and girls competing with girls on the sports field,” added Romney.
In Sen. Paul’s home state, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association policy states that transgender student athletes can compete “free from unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation,” but must undergo sex reassignment surgery to compete based on their identified gender .
Proud of @RandPaul that he supports women and girls in sports today. Cardona, candidate for education minister, does not care about fairness for women athletes who lose their dreams, victories and scholarships to such biological men. https://t.co/Tc2DL1b1AX
– Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) February 4, 2021
Former Democratic MP and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has also made waves lately.
Before leaving home, she introduced the Protect Women’s Sports Act.
The bill would have stipulated that the protection of Title IX would have been based on biological sex and not on identified sex.
Title IX is a historic law that changed everything for women and girls in a positive way. This video explains how and why I introduced the Women’s Sports Protection Act to clarify, maintain and strengthen the original intent of Title IX and to ensure a level playing field for girls and women. pic.twitter.com/B0647yCGmW
– Tulsi Gabbard @ (@TulsiGabbard) December 13, 2020
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Athletes have filed a lawsuit
National Review reported on Wednesday, “Last year three high school students and their families filed a federal lawsuit aimed at preventing transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports in Connecticut. “
“The three girls, all accomplished runners, argued that they were personally harmed by policies that allow biological men to compete against them at their running events and missed their chances for championship titles, state records, and scholarship opportunities,” noted NR.