Noem weighing whether to sign transgender sports ban bill (Audio)

(Photo: State of South Dakota)

March 12, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is weighing whether to sign a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from female sports leagues.

Transgender advocates demonstrated at the Capitol and college athletes pressured the NCAA to punish states that pass such laws.

Shortly after the Legislature passed the bill Monday, the Republican governor said she was “excited to sign” it, saying it’s about protecting women’s sports…

But at a news conference on Thursday, she struck a more cautious tone, saying she is reviewing the bill.

While Noem argues the bill is about “protecting women’s sports,” her decision to sign it into law could have far-reaching effects.