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Tennessee Republicans advance ban on transgender athletes


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 04: Police are seen surrounding the Tennessee State Capitol building on June 04, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 04: Police are seen surrounding the Tennessee State Capitol building on June 04, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have advanced legislation that would prohibit transgender girls from playing on middle and high school sports teams.

The bill advanced Tuesday is still in the early stages in through the GOP-dominant Statehouse. Multiple hearings in both chambers are still required before it could land on Gov. Bill Lee’s desk. However, Republican House members expressed enthusiastic support for the proposal during Tuesday’s initial hearing.

Opponents warn the proposal will almost certainly face costly legal challenges if it’s signed into law. Tennessee lawmakers debated a similar bill last year, where the proposal cleared the House chamber but stalled in the Senate.

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