SPRINGFIELD — In her first bill as a member of the U.S. Congress, Rep. Mary Miller, R-Oakland, is weighing into bathroom politics.
Miller filed legislation, dubbed the Safety and Opportunity for Girls Act, last week that would require people in schools to use bathrooms and locker rooms and to participate in sports teams designated for their biological sex.
The bill tackles a politically-fraught subject — whether or not people assigned male at birth but who identify as female or otherwise can share spaces traditionally set aside for biological females.
“Democrats continue to push radical gender ideology on our children, and we must draw the line to protect women and girls,” Miller said. “On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to interpret Title IX as requiring schools to allow access to sex-segregated spaces and activities based on gender identity. But Title IX was created to enhance opportunities for women, not threaten their safety.”
Biden’s executive order in part reads that “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports."
Though many have refuted that the measure is “radical” in any way, with the measure building on the Supreme Court’s landmark 2020 ruing that LGBTQ people are protected from sex discrimination in the workplace. This would make it apply to Title IX.
Miller’s legislation has 22 co-sponsors, including the controversial Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Georgia, and Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado. Miller included quotes from each in a press release announcing the bill.
The bill’s exact language was not immediately available. It has been assigned to the House Committee on Education and Labor.