Transgender sports ban passes at the eleventh hour

Day 40 of the Georgia legislative session sees a flurry of activity as bills attempt final passage before midnight. However, at eleventh hour inside the Georgia House of Representatives, House Bill 1084 was originally designed to provide additional oversight to high school sports. Representative Will Wade presented the bill at the late hour promising this was a simple change that would be an easy vote.

However, language introduced by the State Senate included the transgender sports ban, forbidding the participation of transgender boys in girls sports passed by a 98-71 margin. However, the legislation does not prevent girls that identify as non-binary from competing in boys sporting events.

The bill now heads to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk for his signature.

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