(CNS News) -- Following on the legislative heels of Idaho, Mississippi, and Arkansas, the Alabama Senate voted overwhelmingly to prohibit transgender "females," who are biological males, from competing in women's sports programs at K-12 schools.
The Senate voted on Thursday 25-5 to pass the bill; the legislation passed in the House in March 74-19. It now goes to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who apparently has not indicated whether she will sign it or not.
"I believe that this bill is important, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, to protect the integrity of women's athletics," said State Sen. Garlan Gudger (R-Cullman) on Thursday.
"I think it is an unfair for biological males to compete and beat females in high school sports," he added. "There are biological advantages that men possess just naturally because of genetics."
In similar legislation in Arkansas, now the law there, it states, "Duke University School of Law professor and All-American track athlete Doriane Coleman, tennis champion Martina Navratilova, and Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross recently wrote, '[T]he evidence is unequivocal that starting in puberty, in every sport except sailing, shooting, and riding, there will always be significant numbers of boys and men who would beat the best girls and women in head-to-head competition. Claims to the contrary are simply a denial of science."
In addition, the law further reports, "A recent study of female and male Olympic performances since 1983 by Valerie Thibault, et al., 'Women and Men in Sport Performance: The Gender Gap Has Not Evolved Since 1983,' Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, Vol. 9, No.2 (2010), found that although athletes from both sexes improved over the time span, the 'gender gap' between female and male performances remained stable, which suggests that 'women's performances at the high level will never match those of men."
Alabama's Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-24th District), as reported by AP, said, "We are spending too much time on craziness like this. People are not coming into places where we are still trying to act like we live in the twentieth century instead of the twenty-first century."