June 8, 2021
I write this morning with a sense of urgency – I need your help. Team LFF and a large number of allied legislators worked hard to pass SB 156 by Senator Beth Mizell, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which ensures that biological women and girls in Louisiana aren’t forced to compete on an unfair playing field against biological men.
Despite the bill passing with wide margins in the House and Senate, Governor Edwards is under intense pressure from Washington, D.C. and the Biden Administration to abandon Distinctive Louisiana Values and is being pressured to VETO this bill.
We need you to call or email John Bel Edwards and ask him not to do that.
The timing of a veto could prove problematic. Because legislative leaders delayed delivery of the bill to his desk, the session could end with the legislature unable to muster support to override a veto. Additionally, Democrats who supported the bill originally – and there were many – may have a difficult time overriding the veto of a Democrat Governor.
It is critically important that you reach out to the governor’s office today and ask him to either SIGN SB 156 or allow it to become law without his signature.
This legislation was introduced, in part, because the Biden Administration has been unwilling to guarantee protections for women under Title IX by refusing to define “woman.” Of course, the definition they currently promote is, “anyone who identifies as a woman.”
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said this week that the Department would act if it felt the newly broadened definition of “women’s” civil rights were being violated, attempting to trump laws like Louisiana’s SB 156 and others. Still, the problem remains that neither he, nor any Biden Administration official, will define what constitutes a woman.
We know that biological men have an unfair advantage when it comes to athletics. To ask our females to compete against men puts them on an unfair playing field, negates scholarship opportunities, and, in many cases, takes them off the podium they’ve trained to compete for their whole lives.
SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, addresses this issue in Louisiana, to protect women from losing out on the opportunities guaranteed to them by Title IX.
We’re coming up quickly on the end of the 2021 Legislative Session, and Team LFF is preparing the final legislatives update for you. The end of session can be wild and unpredictable. In the closing days, it may be more important than ever to have your voice on some closing issues.
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In His Service,