UPDATE: After this story was published, Sen. Rick Scott sent a statement to CNSNews.com stating that he believes allowing biological males to play on girls' sports teams is "unfair" and "should not be allowed."
The senator's full statement reads, “It is completely unfair to female athletes. Whether people like it or not, there are physiological differences between those born male and those born female. This is unfair to female athletes and should not be allowed.”
(CNSNews.com) -- When asked whether biological males who identify as females should be allowed to play girls' sports, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said it was a “tough issue” to figure out and he would need to “think about it a lot more.”
At the Capitol on June 24, CNSNews.com asked Senator Scott, “When the House Judiciary Committee considered the Equality Act it rejected an amendment that said that the act would not require biological females to face biological males in sports competitions. So, should biological males who say they identify as females be allowed to play girls’ sports?”
The senator said, “Yeah, I mean I think this is a really tough issue. You know, on both sides it’s tough, to try to figure this out. So, I need to think about it a lot more.”
The Equality Act was passed in the House on May 17, 2019. It was sent to the Senate where it has yet to be voted on. The bill prohibits “discrimination based on “sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in a wide variety of areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.”
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) proposed an amendment to the Equality Act that would prevent forcing female athletes to compete with biological males.
During a call for a procedural vote on the amendment, Steube stated that nothing in the law “may be construed to diminish” existing protections under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding.
Title IX is a law that states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
In Connecticut, a transgender person who is a biological male set State Open records in the 100 and 200-meter race in early June 2018.
In May 2019, a biological male who identified as a woman set records for age and weight class but was later stripped of the title as a power-lifter after receiving backlash.
Here is a screen capture of the section of Joe Biden's website where he says he "will restore transgender students' access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity":