MAJOR WINS: Idaho Protects Girls’ Sports, Birth Certificates
Late yesterday, Gov. Brad Little of Idaho signed into law two measures that are the first of their kind in the nation. Please join us in thanking Gov. Little by sending him a message.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV).
The Bible teaches that God created all of humankind as male and female. These two sexes have physiological, psychological, and anatomical differences—many of which are self-evident even to the casual observer.
Some of these differences are so obvious that they can be visually observed. Some can only be seen through a microscope. Remarkably, even though both sexes share many of the same genes, some of those genes function differently in men and women.
Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences—for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines or sex-specific athletic teams.
That’s why I’m so excited to share the progress made this year by the State of Idaho in respecting the real and measurable differences between male and female. The Gem State is leading the way in preserving important sex distinctions that have been indispensable in protecting opportunities and safety for women.
First, consider our Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which was just signed by Idaho Governor Brad Little. Most Americans believe that boys shouldn’t play in girls’ high school and college sports—a common-sense approach that was legally buttressed with the advent of Title IX in 1972.
Yet that which was once unthinkable is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in school sports around the country. It has gotten so bad that three female high school track runners in Connecticut have sued their state athletic organization because several boys, who say they’re girls, keep winning championships, breaking records, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.
That’s why the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which ensures only biological females can play in girls’ school sports, was so necessary. This brand-new law will help save girls’ sports and preserve athletic opportunities for our daughters!
Second, state lawmakers passed the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, which ensures the accuracy of birth certificates, the most important state vital record.
A few years back, the U.S. District Court of Idaho engaged in a gross act of judicial activism, redefining “sex” as fluid and self-determined, and ultimately overturning state policy that required the “sex” marker on birth certificates match an individual’s biological sex.
The Idaho Vital Statistics Act restores factual accuracy to birth certificates by preventing people from changing their sex marker on their birth certificates.
Without accurate birth certificates, law enforcement officials will have a harder time identifying suspects and victims, and public health officials can’t compile accurate statistics. Furthermore, just imagine the mess that occurs in the criminal justice system and in women’s domestic violence shelters when it becomes impossible to quickly and conclusively determine a person’s biological sex.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was on the front lines for both of these bills—sharing information with legislators, informing the public, and mobilizing Idahoans. We worked closely with the legislative sponsors to enact laws that restore common sense in these areas.
Will you join us in thanking Gov. Little? With all of the attacks that he is getting from the ACLU and others, I know he’d appreciate hearing from people around the country who value his actions.
And for everyone who stands with Family Policy Alliance through your prayers, your actions, and your financial support, thank you for making these victories possible—in Idaho and throughout the nation in the days to come.
Director of Advocacy
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho