Wyoming could soon see restrictions on transgender girls and women in school sports after the Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban their participation school sports.
Victory: Wyoming becomes 19th State to ban men in woman's sports
"State Sen. Wendy Schuler, R-Evanston, said she's bringing back her Fairness in Women's Sports Act which, if passed, would prohibit biological males from participating in female sports.
Schuler said her legislation doesn't target targeting transgender youth, but instead is about maintaining what she says should be a fair and level playing field for female athletes.
"I'm not opposed to students needing to do what they need to do, I'm just opposed to males competing against biological females," she said."
The Senate cleared Senate File 133, which is sponsored by Sen. Wendy Schuler, R-Evanston, with little fanfare but broad support.
It passed by a 28-3 margin, with Sens. Cale Case, R-Lander, Mike Gierau, D-Jackson, and Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, the lone dissenters. The bill will now go to the House for consideration in what could be one of its last steps before being signed into law.
(After Senate and House pass the legislation)
Men who identify as women will be barred from competing with women in high school sports in Wyoming under the new legislation.
Though Gov. Mark Gordon (R-WY) did not sign the bill, he did not veto it either and instead allowed it to pass without his signature.
However, Gordon did write a letter to Wyoming Secretary of State Chuck Gray in which he described the legislation as "discriminatory" and "overly draconian," while also claiming that it "pays little attention to fundamental principles of equality."