Since Beto O’Rourke began tanking in the polls after his initial boomlet, he’s been scrambling for ways to push further to the left than some of his more successful (thus far) opponents. His latest bid in this effort is a new LGBT platform that was rolled out this week. In it, he promotes the LGBTQ+ Equality Act, which we’ve discussed here previously. Beto focuses on things like housing, education and employment, but makes no mention of the negative impact this measure will have on the already threatened world of competitive female sports. (Daily Caller)
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s new plan on LGBT issues includes forcing schools to include male athletes who identify as transgender girls on female sports teams.
O’Rourke’s plan for “LGBTQ+ Equality,” which he released Wednesday, includes passing the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation and gender identity” protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.
The House passed the Equality Act in May with unanimous Democratic support, but it’s unlikely to get a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“Beto will work with Congress to ensure that every person in our country is safe and respected,” O’Rourke’s plan states, pledging to get the Equality Act passed.
A request for comment on the question of how this agenda will affect female athletics from the O’Rourke campaign was not answered.
I wonder if any of the members of our vaunted press corps or the moderators at the upcoming debates will put this question to Beto. In their rush to demonstrate who cares the most about the LGBT community (and subsequently attract their votes in the primary next year), the Democrats are in the process of running over girls and women in sports. You’ll recall that a man recently won an NCAA women’s track championship only a year after declaring that he was now a she. (His previous performance when competing against the men was rather dismal.) Democrats are supposed to be the party of “fairness,” right? How fair is this?
These Democrats, including Beto, might be overplaying their hand by a wide margin. Last month we saw polling indicating that only 23% of Americans believe that males “identifying” as females should be allowed to compete against actual, biological females in sport. And it’s a fairly bipartisan view. Not even one-third of Democrats think this should be allowed.
In their rush to prove their LGBT bona fides, candidates like Beto may find themselves alienating a significant majority of the electorate. Of course, that depends on the media doing their job and bringing up this aspect of the aforementioned Equality Act and getting the candidates on the record about it. While it’s possible, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.