Transgender athlete bill heads to Oklahoma governor for signature
The Oklahoma State Capitol is seen Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (KTUL)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — One day after the Oklahoma House passed its version of the Save Women's Sports Act, a bill that would require student-athletes play on teams that match their biological sex at birth, the state Senate resurrected a similar bill from 2021.

SB 2, also known as the Save Women's Sports Act, passed with its 2021 house amendments first thing Thursday morning by a vote of 37-7. It now goes to the governor's desk for signature.

The bill passed mostly on party lines, with one Democratic state Senator, J.J. Dossett, voting for it.

"We just saw an NCAA championship go to a biological male," Republican state Sen. Michael Bergstrom, who authored the bill, said. "The women that competed in that were angry that this was allowed to happen."

Bergstrom was referring to University of Pennsylvania's Lia Thomas, who became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA swimming championship this year.

Lawmakers in favor of SB 2 said trans athletes have an unfair advantage. Lawmakers opposed to the measure said the problem doesn't exist in Oklahoma, and that the bill would endanger transgender kids.

"I'm disappointed that this is the path we are taking in the guise of solving the problem that we admit does not exist in the state of Oklahoma," said Democratic state Sen. Carri Hicks during the debate on the bill.

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