Oklahoma Students Must Submit Proof Of Biological Sex Before Joining Sports Teams

Amid backlash over the inclusion of transgender female athletes competing against and alongside biological females at the grade school, college, and professional levels, nearly half of all U.S. states have approved some type of legislation to address the issue.

Recent reports indicate that public schools and colleges across Oklahoma are now requiring athletes to fill out an affidavit confirming their biological sex before being accepted into gender-based sports programs.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a bill into law earlier this year that mandates all such programs from kindergarten to college to determine eligibility based on the biological sex of prospective athletes.

As he said at the time in defense of the Save Women’s Sports Act, “girls should compete against girls” and “boys should compete against boys,” insisting: “That’s all this bill says.”

Of course, critics across the state and beyond are up in arms after a social media post from abortion activist Erin Matson shared an image of the affidavit being handed out by administrators at a school in Tahlequah.

Matson described the measure as “totalitarianism” and evidence of “the white nationalist agenda.”

Grove Public Schools Superintendent Pat Dodson affirmed that schools will be required to obtain such affidavits “to abide by the law,” but described the process as “a little bit too much” and “an overreach on behalf of our legislators.”

Supporters of the state’s new law, on the other hand, believe that it is necessary to protect female athletes at all levels of competition from the biological males who present an unfair advantage.

Republican state Sen. Julie Daniels said that allowing “just a few biological males” to dominate sports designated for female athletes would be antithetical to all of the federal protections enacted over the course of the past 50 years.

Idaho became the first state to enact such restrictions when Republican Gov. Brad Little signed a bill into law last year. GOP state Sen. Lee Heider described the measure as a commonsense approach to gender-specific sports across the board.

“Boys are boys and girls and girls,” he said at the time. “No doctor, no judge, no Department of Health and Welfare is going to change that reality.”