Gov. Beshear’s Veto Puts Woke Politics Over Common-Sense Protections for Women’s Sports

The Family Foundation Calls on General Assembly to Override Governor’s Tone-Deaf Veto

FRANKFORT, KY – The Family Foundation expressed disappointment in Gov. Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 83 that puts woke politics above ensuring fairness for the Commonwealth’s female athletes.

SB 83, the Save Women’s Sports Act, protects women’s and girls’ athletic opportunities, including in college, by ensuring that only biological females can compete in female sports contests. The bill was overwhelmingly passed by the Kentucky General Assembly.

“Kentucky girls and women deserve a fair playing field,” said David Walls, executive director of The Family Foundation. “Kentuckians overwhelmingly support this commonsense bill, but unfortunately, Gov. Beshear chose to side with his woke political base instead of Kentucky’s female athletes. Biology matters, especially in sports, and we look forward to the General Assembly overriding Beshear’s tone-deaf veto so that women’s sports in Kentucky can be protected.”

The need for the Save Women’s Sports Act, and the necessity of including college athletes, has been on full display as swimmer Lia Thomas, a biological male, recently won a NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship, knocking a female to 2nd place. In addition, Riley Gaines, a University of Kentucky female swimmer also had her fifth-place trophy given to Lia Thomas after they tied during another NCAA championship race.

The Save Women’s Sports Act has already passed in 14 states since 2020, most recently in South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Oklahoma, and Arizona this year.


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