Noem to sign transgender bill impacting female sports leagues

March 9, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will sign a bill to bar transgender girls and women from participating in female sports leagues.

However, whether it ultimately takes effect in the state will likely be decided in federal court.

The bill passed by the Senate 20-to-15  addresses a situation that currently does not exist in South Dakota, according to the High School Activities Association.

While proponents cast it as a way to “promote fairness in women’s sports,” opponents labeled it as a “political statement” that would drag the state into a legal battle.