Sen. Kennedy's Office Offers No Response on Whether Biological Males Should Play in Female Sports

By John Jakubisin | July 1, 2020 | 10:33am EDT
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether biological males who say they are females should be allowed to participate in girls' sports, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said he needed to "study the legislation," and after CNS News reached out to his office several times for an answer, his press secretary did not offer a response.

At the Capitol on June 24, CNS News asked Senator Kennedy, “When the House Judiciary Committee considered the Equality Act it rejected an amendment that said the act would not require biological females to face biological males in sports competition. Should biological males who say they identify as females be allowed to play girls’ sports?”  

The senator said, “I would have to study the legislation, I haven’t seen the legislation.”

Senate Republicans rejected a vote on the Equality Act on June 18.

Transgender "female" cyclist Rachel McKinnon, on left.  (Getty Images)
Transgender "female" cyclist Rachel McKinnon, on left. (Getty Images)

CNS News then made several inquiries to Sen. Kennedy through his press secretary, asking the question, "Leaving aside what any particular legislation may say about the matter, should biological males who say they identify as females be allowed to play girls' sports?"

Sen. Kennedy’s office did not offer any response.

The Equality Act, first proposed in March 2019, passed the House of Representatives in May 2019 by a vote of 236-173. Every House Democrat voted for the bill, as well as eight Republicans.  The legislation went to the Senate floor for discussion on Thursday, June 18. The Republican senators voted to hold off on any votes for the legislation that day.

As introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the Equality Act prohibits discrimination based on “sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity,” in the context of several areas, including “public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.”

Transgender "female" soccer player Maria Gomez.  (Getty Images)
Transgender "female" soccer player Maria Gomez. (Getty Images)

The bill includes additional provisions, specifically, “the bill prohibits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 from providing a claim, defense, or basis for challenging such protections.” The bill also provides specific rights to LGBT individuals by prohibiting these individuals “from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity.”

On June 15, the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v Clayton County that employment discrimination based on “sex,” as prohibited in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, also applies to discrimination based on homosexuality and transgenderism.

 
 

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