Montana recently joined a slew of states to protect young women's sports by banning biological boys from competing with them. Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, signed HB 112 on Friday, which will "Require interscholastic athletes to participate under sex assigned at birth."
The legislation received support from the typical players in this cause, including Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom. Waggoner has been instrumental in the fight to protect young women in sports, including in defending a similar Idaho law passed in March 2020, the first in the nation to pass, but which has since been tied up in litigation. She also actively lobbied Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to sign such legislation in her state, which the governor ultimately vetoed.
Meanwhile, the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign continue to vigorously speak out against such legislation, in Montana and elsewhere.
Sports are for everyone. This law is wrong.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 7, 2021
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33 states have introduced bills attacking trans student athletes.— ACLU (@ACLU) May 7, 2021
The @NCAA must send a message that trans students belong in sports and withdraw events from states that pass discriminatory legislation. pic.twitter.com/82OQdRDhBR
As Iris Samuels with Fox 23 news reported last month, Gov. Gianforte had also signed legislation which requires a person to have gender reassignment surgery before he or she can change their sex on their birth certificate.