HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed a bill banning transgender athletes from participating in school and university sports according to the gender with which they identify.
Montana is the latest of several Republican-controlled states to approve such measures this year.
Supporters of the bill have said it will ensure the playing field in girls’ sports remains fair.
Opponents say it further harms already marginalized transgender youth.
Lawmakers in more than 20 states have considered such bans, and they’ve become law in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Idaho’s law was blocked by a court ruling last year.