Monday, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced he was among a coalition of 22 attorneys general who filed an amicus brief supporting Florida's law that "preserves girls' sports teams for girls alone."
The Fairness in Women's Sports Act was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in 2021 and defines sex in terms of reproductive biology rather than "gender identity."
The law has been challenged in federal court.
"Florida, like Alabama, determines the sex of an individual, including students, by their biology," Marshall said in a press release. "However, this longstanding legal view of sex is being undermined by radical activists seeking to promote their gender identity ideology. Maintaining the traditional definition of 'sex' is critical to protecting the right of fair competition in women's sports. I am proud to stand with Florida in this important and worthy fight."
According to Marshall's release, "compelling States to define sex according to gender identity would jeopardize States' ability to enforce coherent sex-conscious policies. It may even force them to resort to sex stereotyping as they search to define 'boy' and 'girl' beyond biology."
Marshall added, "The Constitution compels none of this."
He joined the attorneys general of the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia in filing the amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
See the filing below:
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