Tennessee Senate advances legislation banning transgender athletes from girls’ sports

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The Tennessee Senate conducts business on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee lawmakers gathered to start their annual session Tuesday in Nashville amid a pandemic and an FBI probe that drew searches of multiple legislative offices by federal agents last week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s GOP-dominant Senate has advanced legislation that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports.

On Monday, 27 Republicans voted in favor of the measure while all six Democratic members voted against. The bill has faced heavy criticism that it will likely face costly legal challenges if signed into law.

However, despite threats of pending litigation, nearly a dozen states this year have lawmakers backing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year.

After passing the Senate, the bill must now clear the Republican-controlled House, which is likely according to House Speaker Cameron Sexton.

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