“No, I can’t really tell you one,” Justice said. “But I can tell you that, Stephanie … I coach a girl’s basketball team and I can tell you … we all know what an absolute advantage boys would have over girls. We do not need that. “
Ruhle then asked why the judiciary was prioritizing the bill, referring to West Virginia’s rankings at the bottom of the state in terms of economy, education and infrastructure, according to US News and World Report.
“I didn’t make it a priority. It wasn’t my bill, ”said Justice, who explained this earlier this week He’d “Proud” sign the legislation despite warnings that the NCAA could pull postseason tournaments out of the state in response.
“Well, you signed it, sir,” said Ruhle.
“I think we may only have 12 children in our state who are transgender-type children,” Justice said. “I mean, because I screamed out loud, Stephanie, I sign hundreds of bills, hundreds of bills. This is not a priority for me. ”
“All right, sir, thank you,” said Ruhle. “And please come back if you can provide me with evidence beyond anecdotal feelings as a coach as to where these young women are disadvantaged in your state.”
The new West Virginia law is part of a wave of many Republican states addressing the issue that would limit the rights of transgender athletes. The judiciary bill signed bans transgender athletes from competition in women’s sports from middle school to college.
“Legislators across the country have failed to provide examples of problems in their states to justify these attacks, exposing the reality that these are attacks on transgender youth, fueled by discrimination rather than factual support The human rights campaign said in a statement after the judiciary signed the bill.
On Wednesday, Florida lawmakers passed a similar bill and sent it to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk. The NCAA had warned states like Florida that they could pull championships out of areas if they didn’t show “dignity and respect” to all athletes.